Complete Joy – 1 John 1:3-4

1 John 1:3-4 – 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. We write this to make our joy complete.

Listen carefully. You are not alone in this.

One of the greatest joys of the Christian life is the fellowship that we have with our God and with Jesus. But that fellowship is also with each other. It is a bond of commonality. It is a great country. It is a family.

So why do we try to do it all on our own. Why do we try to bear our own burdens. Why do we falter under our temptations, trials, and troubles.

Sometimes it is pride. I like to do things because I want to do them now and get them over and done. I also don’t always like the way other people do things so I’d rather do it myself. When I have a burden I keep it to myself because I don’t want to sound like I am whining or complaining. And when I am feeling tempted I don’t share because I am embarrassed and feel like I am the only one in the world who struggles in this way.

Satan loves it when we look at our “rugged individualism” as a strength. He likes to single Christians out of the herd and pick them off when they are at their weakest. He uses our pride and ego to lure us out into the open where we are out from under the protection of our Christian brothers and sisters.

Time to put pride away. James says in chapter four, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

James goes on to describe the power of the fellowship of believers in Chapter five. “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The power of the fellowship of believers brings joy, healing, help, strengthened faith, forgiveness, and accountability.

This applies to all areas of our life including our family life, church, job, personal life, and even our weight loss journey. What a fellowship! What a joy divine!

No wonder the apostle John said, “We write this to make our joy complete.” The more the merrier.

Dear God, Thank you for my good brothers and sisters of the faith. Help me to get my pride and ego out of the way so that all may serve you by serving each others. Help me to have the wisdom to be a humble servant. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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