I’m sure you all have noticed the Bible verse underneath my blog’s title on the “Home” page:
These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.– 1 John 1:4(NASB)
That verse is where I got the inspiration for the title of my blog, and I just felt that I should provide the context of the verse (which has nothing to do with starting a blog). 1, 2, and 3 John were written by the Apostle John. The introduction to the three books is at the beginning of 1 John:
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life – and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us – what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.– 1 John 1:1-4(NASB)
In the first part of the introduction John is describing Jesus, who is the Word of Life, was manifested in the flesh, and gave us the gift of eternal life. He writes that they, meaning himself and the other disciples, were going to share what they had heard and seen about Jesus and his teachings so that we can learn and share in the gift of Jesus. This message is the “things we write” that he was talking about in 1 John 1:4. When he says “so that our joy may be made complete” he is saying that his, and the other disciples’, joy is being made complete by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others. So, John isn’t saying that he was going to start a blog, write things in it, and be joyful about it. He is talking about spreading the message of Jesus. I hope that this can be a place for the joy of writing and the joy of Jesus.