John 15:11

[see also the DoNotDepart page about this verse]

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy might be in you, and that your joy might be full.

This is a reassuring close to this set of verses. Having these verses inside me, especially speaking them to myself, is having the joy of Jesus, the life of Christ inside me.

Speaking Jesus’ words to myself is a calming and “safe” way to hear the word. And it’s more than that: in a very small way it feels like “being” Jesus, acting out a small part of his life, putting my mind into his place to speak those words.

Learning these verses has been exciting. It’s also been a bit tiring I think, and it’s certainly taken up a large part of my “God” time. So, I’m going to bail out of the learning John 15 project at DoNotDepart – although I shall keep and treasure these 11 verses.

It’s also given me the idea to read again through the Gospels, looking for verses that I can use in this way (like the James verses), to find, select and learn part of the Word for myself!

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  1. I’m glad you got what you needed from these verses in John 15, and that you recognize the need to find your own verses for the next leg of your journey. I’ve learned from what you’ve shared.


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