One of the main elements of a complete life in Christ is fullness of joy, which is a result of abiding in the True Vine. Jesus says in John 15:11, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." God wants us to be consumed with joy, however, as I have observed, few Christians are. Many people are bitter, discontented, and are complaining within the body of Christ. The Christian life is often portrayed as a deprived, sheltered way of living. Like if they accepted the Love of God they would be consenting to take a bitter religious pill. It is when we violate God's design that we lose our joy. If we abide fully, we will have full joy.
David cried out, "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me"(Psalm 51:12)
When David sinned, he no longer sensed the presence of God.
He had allowed sin to restrict his abiding relationship with God. He did not lose his salvation, but he lost the joy of his salvation. That joy returned when David repented his sin to God and accepted the consequences of it. His guilt was then removed; he returned to a pure unrestricted abiding relationship with the Lord. God had made his joy complete once again.
As long as we abide with our whole heart in the True Vine, our joy is unaffected by our external circumstances or the disappointments of life. We can experience the same constant joy that Jesus had, because His joy flows through all those who rest in Him.
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