Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand, there are pleasures for- evermore. PSALM 16:11
SO WHAT IS GENUINE FULLNESS OF JOY
As Believers, we have all heard it said or have read God's Word about the "Fullness of Joy" at one time or another. The following are a couple of verses pertaining to the phrase, "fullness of joy":
- These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your "joy might be full." JOHN 15:11
- And now I come to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my "joy fulfilled" in themselves. JOHN 17:13
- Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shall make me "full of joy" with thy countenance. ACTS 2:28
FULLNESS OF JOY IN TODAY'S WORLD
What does the "fullness of joy" truly mean in this present day and in this fallen world of sin, shame, suffering, and sorrow? Can our joy genuinely override all our other battles in this life?
Christ must be the center of everything we face in this life if we are to find that His love in us supersedes any tests of severe afflictions we may be going through. True "Fullness of Joy" rests not in the absence of affliction, disease or hardships, but that the joy that we find in Christ outweighs those calamities.
WHERE DOES FULLNESS COME FROM
Undoubtedly there is absolutely nothing in this world that can truly fulfill our happiness or joy. Our relationship and communion with the one true and living God alone fulfills and generates JOY in an extensive and exhaustive state of our lives!
That is authentic and honest fullness, even when there is pain and sorrow along our journey! Our JOY must be centered and overflowing in Christ Jesus if we are to experience fullness because Jesus is fullness of genuine joy!
OUR SEARCH FOR JOY
Jesus states: "I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.
JOHN 6:35 I take that to mean we will never hunger or thirst for anything as long as our lives are captivated and consumed in Him.
Jesus is the beginning, the middle and the end of our pursuit to find outright and pure fullness of joy. We have everything in Him and our quest for satisfaction takes place when we know that real joy can only be found in Him!
LOVE WORKS IN OUR JOY
We clearly find the fullness of joy in this life when the love of God reaches out to others through us. This life in this broken world doesn't include so much joy that all our other emotions are expelled.
We revel and triumph, we cry and mourn together, but when we see Jesus this will no longer be the case. The Bible says one day: God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. REVELATION 21:4
The "Fullness of Joy" in the future means that we will have joy beyond description -- Joy Unspeakable when all our emotions are gone and we genuinely JOY in God's Glory!