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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

December 24, 2021

Daily Reading: I John 1-5


I John 1:4

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.


Three times! All by John. Yep, he wrote the phrase …that your joy may be full. Full joy. Think about a life that is full of joy, meaning there is no room for any more joy. Joy is so full that no more joy can enter, if there is excess joy, it spills over unto others. Think about joy like coffee. The coffee cup can only hold so much coffee. If the cup is full and more coffee is poured into it, it overflows meaning that the coffee will spill onto the saucer the cup is on, or the table, or floor. Same with joy. Once filled, when more joy comes the overflow splashes on others.


This is why it is easy to spot a person that is full of joy, it seems to overflow to you. Frankly, though, there are few that are likewise afflicted. Few that are full of joy, much less that overflow with joy. Why? Perhaps they either do not know or are violating that which John taught concerning full joy. In I John, the apostle clearly states that which he writes is meant to bring the reader joy.


What does he write about? There are two basic themes in this book. Love and Eternal security of the believer in Christ. Consider just two verses highlighting these.


I John 4:11

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.


I John 5:13

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.


It seems that John wrote more about love than any other New Testament writer. The same with eternal security of a soul. Could it be that these two are invisibly linked? After all, if a person knows that God loves them, that He has saved them from the eternal wages of sin, which is death, that His love will never fail them even when they fail Him, I mean, really know that, then that love they have for their Savior is easily full. When He sends reminders of that love in the form of blessings, since they are already full of love it overflows, thereby splashing on others.


How can one know that they have that eternal security? Read all of John’s writings, especially I John. He makes it truly clear.


Until tomorrow then, live for Christ today.

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