1 John 1: Is Your Joy Full?
Verse of the Day: (V4) “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
1. Full (V1-6)
V3 “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
Our joy can only be full when we walk in close fellowship with God, who is the Light, who brightens our lives in this world of darkness that is filled with sins and wickedness. Today, there are many in this world who have no real joy in them, because they do not believe in Jesus, the Son of God, and are living day by day without purpose and meaning in life. Though they seem to enjoy life as they eat, study, work and sleep, yet deep down in their lives they know that their lives are empty and hollow. Indeed, the only way to have a meaningful and purposeful life is to know Christ, and to make Him known to all.
V5 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
2. Fellowship (V7-8)
V7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Indeed, our joy can only be full, and we can have great fellowship with God and His people, when we confess and repent our sins and wrongdoings, and believe and receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord. However, many in this world refuse to admit and acknowledge that they have sinned or done anything wrong though we have inherited our sinful and depraved nature since the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve.
V8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
3. Faithful (V9-10)
V9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Let us confess and repent our sins, and let Jesus come into our lives, so that our joy may be full, because only He can forgive our sins, and only He can give us the real joy in this life and for all eternity. Let us therefore come boldly to Jesus daily confessing our sins, because He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all wrongdoings.
V10 “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to confess and repent my sins so that my joy is full.