I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:11 NIV
The United Nations recently sponsored a global survey whose results show Canada to be one the happiest countries in the world. According to the World Happiness Report compiled in 2013, the majority of Canada’s residents measured their happiness at around 7.5 on a scale from 0 to 10. As it turns out, there are a few consistent behaviours found across Canadian citizens that contribute to the overall happiness of this beautiful country, including kindness, respect for others, embracing diversity and promoting family values, among other qualities.
There are a lot of things that bring us happiness in this life – the birth of a baby, taking a vacation, spending time with friends and family members, receiving answers to prayer. There is so much in life that can get us down – things that make us happy are a gift. Our Creator understands this, and He loves to pour out His blessings upon us. But His ultimate goal is not our happiness, but filling us with joy, which is something much deeper than happiness. Being happy can and does change with our circumstances. Through Jesus Christ, God offers to all a joy that not only doesn’t disappear but carries us through difficult times. Jesus gives a promise about this in John 15:11: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Jesus doesn’t do anything halfway. All He does, He does to the fullest, including providing His joy. The joy comes with the assurance that we stand righteous before our God, our sins fully removed and our relationship with God secured. No wonder we are filled with joy – fear is gone, and eternal life is guaranteed.
These have been words from the heart.