As I was studying Galatians 5;22, 23, I decided to see what other verses used the same words.
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11
Joy: grace recognized
Jesus Christ, being God, knew exactly what was ahead for His disciples. He knew that He would be facing persecution and death. He knew that after His death and resurrection, His disciples would endure many hardships. God wanted to assure them (and us) that in the midst of it all — joy would remain!
How can joy remain in the mist of hardships? Because joy is not based on circumstances. Joy is grace recognized! Joy is a direct result of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
This promise of the Saviour was abundantly fulfilled. The apostles with great frequency speak of the fulness of their joy - joy produced in just the manner promised by the Saviour - by the presence of the Holy Spirit. And it showed his great love, that he promised such joy; his infinite knowledge, that, in the midst of their many trials and persecutions, he knew that they would possess it; and the glorious power and loveliness of his gospel, that it could impart such joy amid so many tribulations. Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible
In October, I read this verse and wrote this:
Notice the source of joy: Jesus Christ.
Notice the shift of joy: God's joy becomes my joy (My - your)
Notice the supply of joy: enough to fill and overflow; fullest possible; totally complete
God's joy — FULL joy!
Full: to make complete in every particular; to render perfect
I love the root word for "full", "pleres" is means to make replete—literally to cram, fill up. I love the picture that creates. Joy is so FULL... it repeats and is CRAMMED full so that it's spilling out. It can't be "used up" as it continues to repeat... a never-ending, overflowing source of joy.
Now, the question is....... am I dampening God's joy? Am I trying to put a lid on it and contain it? Or am I allowing God's joy to overflow in my life?
Joy — grace recognized — repeating so that it's crammed full and overflowing, not to be contained.