Enjoying Complete Joy

‘That your joy may be complete‘ –   God wants us to have complete joy. Hence it is possible to go through life’s ups and downs with joy.

‘These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full‘. Jn 15:11

‘We write this to make our joy complete1 Jn 1:4

‘Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete‘. Jn 16:24


Jesus tells us in John 15 that as we remain in Him as a branch remains connected to the vine, His love and joy is sustains in our hearts. As we express love to others, His joy rests upon us. To remain in the branch means to have fellowship with the Father and Son through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. “

3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make your joy complete.’

What does joy look like?

 Jesus tells us it is the joy that a mother has when a child is born into the world. As a parent I can understand that , having experienced that. Indeed, looking at my children develop everyday is a source of pride and joy. It is indeed a joy that cannot be taken away because it is refreshed everyday.

her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Oil of Joy

In cooking, oil is used as a lubricant to moist, as a medium to transfer heat from the pan to the food, to add flavour to the food. In baking, oil is added to moisten the cake. Applied on the skin, oil moisturises to make the skin soft and supple, preventing cracks and infections. In massage, oil loosens stiff muscles. Similarly, when applied to the heart, oil of joy tenderises the heart, preventing it from hardening from the cares of this world.

In Bible times, oil refers to olive oil, refers to anointing oil – the setting apart for special works. The anointing oil runs from head to toe – just like a marinate soaking through.

Olive trees took a long time to grow and mature, but they also lasted for hundreds of years. Therefore, a good oil supply was a sign of stability and prosperity. Biblestudytools

Oil was used as a commodity of trade or personal income, for various kinds of common daily consumption (as part of the bread diet in tabernacle grain offerings, as fuel for lamps in the tabernacle, or homes, as a lubricant for one’s hair and skin, sometimes with a special sense of honor, as an aromatic substance, as a medication, or in healing contexts, for royal and religious ritual procedures (see below), and in figurative expressions (e.g., for fertility and prosperity [ Deut 33:24 ; Job 29:6 ] “oil of joy” [ Psalm 45:7 ; Isa 61:3 ; Heb 1:9 ]).

the oil of joy for mourning – when a family member dies, that is a time of mourning. Yet during such times, there need not be despair because we have the assurance that the loved one has gone home to be with the Lord and our hearts are filled with this comfort. Joy unspeakable, and full of glory ( 1 Pet 1:8); which is had in believing in Christ, and through a hope of eternal life by him. The abundant and eternal life through Christ’s death on the cross. B

Isa 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

oil of joy–Perfumed ointment was poured on the guests at joyous feasts ( Psalms 23:5 Thou prepares a banquet table before me, thou anoints my head with oil, Psalms 45:7 Psalms 45:8 , Amos 6:6 ). In allusion to the use of oil at feasts and weddings, for the delight and refreshment of guests, and particularly of the oil of lilies, “olcum susinum”, so some F8 translate it; well known to the Hebrews, who inhabited Syria and Palestine, where red lilies grew, of which this was made, and had in great esteem. Before the feast, or during the entertainment, the guests were refreshed with perfumed oil which would be either poured upon the head, or furnished for anoint ing the face. It was part and parcel of a great feast.

In perfume, the aroma wafts through the air surrounding the person. As a person spends intimate time with the source of all joy, then that scent naturally follows and can be picked up by those that pass by. When that person prays, it is like opening the cap of a perfume bottle, releasing the fragrance to the room. Our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit – like a bottle of parfum, the oil of joy is presently in us. 1 Cor 6:19  Perfume comes in different concentrations: eau de parfum, eau de toilette, perfume, cologne. Similarly the various concentrations of love and joy in our lives is proportionate to our abiding to the vine.

garment of praise–bright-colored garments, indicative of thankfulness, instead of those that indicate despondency, as sackcloth ( John 16:20 ).

A joyful heart is good medicine, but bitterness dries the bones. Prov 17:22. The maimed or sick were anointed with wine, oil, and/or ointment as medicine (Isa. 1: 6; Luke 10: 34; cf. Rev. 3: 18). The sick were also anointed with oil as part of the sacred procedure in healing of the sick by faith and the laying on of hands (Mark 6: 13; James 5: 14-15).






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