A Wonderful Day

John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.

I hope that each of you had a wonderful Easter; I did. I was privileged to attend both morning and evening services at my home church, with the honor and privilege of bringing the evening message, had a very nice dinner with my family and spent some quality time with my wife and grandson after dinner. But you know what really made the day for me? During the morning service a young man gave his life to Christ! What a more wonderful and appropriate way to celebrate Easter than to see one die out to sin and be raised to eternal life? There is none. Every child of God should be filled with joy from this news.

As this babe in Christ begins his walk of faith I’m sure his heart is filled with the joy of the Lord. Jesus said that He has given us His joy that we might be full. Oh, if only we would step out in faith and take hold on His Word, how filled with joy we could and should be. And it’s so easy to do: Just follow Him, pursue that which glorifies our Father, produce the good fruit, and then watch as our cups begin to run over!

Love

As we enter the week before Easter, I found the following quote most appropriate :

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
– St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday night’s message was on love, the love Jesus had for us and that we should have today for all others. Our pastor explained how in the precious hours before His death, Christ spoke to His disciples about love as recorded in the Gospel of John, the 14 and 15 chapters mainly.

Take time out this week to read those, and maybe a few more, chapters of John. Reflect on the perfect love Jesus has for us and how we could each love another more like He loves us. Then put legs on that love and invite some folks out to Easter service to celebrate that love with you.

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.