These words, surfacing over and over again in my thoughts, just savouring them making me feel joyful... What precisely did he tell us so that we would be filled to overflowing with joy?
"I have loved you..remain in my love..."
He loves you. Remain in--be vitally connected to--that love. Let His love be the source of your life. Then you will overflow with joy...
As soon as the source of your life is the approval of others, the comfort of your circumstances, your sense of control over your life, the behavior of your children/siblings/friends...the joy begins to drain away.
Remain. Stay vitally connected to His love that never fails, is unconditional, that supersedes all circumstances...and your joy will overflow. Meditate on His love. Fill your mind with the truth that you can't earn it or lose it. He loves you!
Knowing how loved we are takes the sting out of every rejection and failure. Letting our thoughts dwell on that incredible love rather than all the he-said, she-said, what-if...and your joy will overflow.
He told us these things because He wanted us to be filled with His joy.