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Session 1

Where to find joy

Read: 1 John 1

When was the last time you sat back, looked around, and realized you were grateful for your life?

Joy is what we experience in moments like that. We’re connected to something deeper than surface-level emotions and the positive or negative events in our lives.

Joy is an internal contentment regardless of external circumstances.

We lose out on joy when we’re separated from God and separated from others. That separation is called sin.

Our relationships are restored when we don’t hide our sins, but bring them to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Because of what He’s done — dying on the cross and coming back to life — we’re no longer stuck dealing with our sins alone.

This is some of the best news in the entire Bible: Our purity is possible because of God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

Jesus doesn’t ridicule us or shame us; He welcomes us and exchanges our sins for His joy.

Connection with God and with others is where joy comes from. When He removes the barrier of sin, we experience joy far better than we ever could on our own.


  • What’s one way you’ve experienced joy in your relationships with God and with others?
  • What’s one thing keeping you from having complete joy in God and with others?
  • What is one step you need to take today to move away from sin and towards joy?

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