Joy Complete

Joy Complete

“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” – 2 John 12

On a scale of one to ten, how badly do you miss your friends? What are some of the things you have planned once life returns to normal? Wouldn’t you say that this situation is a perfect example of, “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone?” Without even meaning to, we can easily take for granted the people whom we cherish the most.

Katherine and I miss all of you and look forward to the day we can all gather again! This season of shelter in place has reminded me of the importance of friendship with our spiritual family, the Body of Christ. As the Body, God calls us to comfort and encourage one another. “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” – 1 Corinthians 12:26

Imagine going through this Christian walk alone. Thankfully, that was never God’s intent. What a blessing we have in one another! When we struggle, we are not alone. When God grants us victory, we rejoice together. Our joy is complete when we walk through life together. From Adam and Eve in the garden to Jesus and His disciples, we belong with one another. God did not create us to live in isolation.

Take this remaining time at home to think of those who may need your comfort and encouragement. What are some of the ways you can show the love of Christ to them? Maybe a simple phone call or letter would be more meaningful than you initially might think. An encouraging word can turn someone’s gaze away from themselves and towards the LORD.

My prayer is that we no longer take for granted our time with friends and family. Let us remember that every moment with them is a blessing.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25