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Acts 15:7-21
Psalm 96:1-3, 10
John 15:9-11

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the secret of joy

“All this I tell you, that My joy may be yours.” —John 15:11

Jesus promises us we can have His joy, the joy of God enthroned in heaven. We receive this joy by keeping God’s commandments as Jesus kept the Father’s commandments (Jn 15:10).

This may come as a surprise to many because we think joy depends on doing our own thing rather than God’s thing. However, let the facts speak for themselves. Possibly never before has a culture been so preoccupied with feeling good, pleasure-seeking, and selfish pursuits. Yet we are very discontent. Alienated youth, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and apathy are telltale signs that something is very wrong. We’ve tried to gain our lives but, just as Jesus said, we’ve lost them (Lk 9:24).

If we refuse to learn by believing, maybe we can learn by failing. Let’s try God’s way, the way of self-denial (Lk 9:23), the way of the cross. Jesus’ way is the only way to happiness, contentment, and joy. Jesus is the Way (Jn 14:6). Sin and disobedience rob us of our joy. Repentance and obedience restore it. Rejoice in the Lord! (Phil 4:4)

Prayer:  Jesus, may I meet You risen and be delivered from selfishness.

Promise:  “God, Who reads the hearts of men, showed His approval by granting the Holy Spirit to them.” —Acts 15:8

Praise:  Julia overcame her depression by reading and praying the Psalms.

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