John 15:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 15:11, NIV: "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."

John 15:11, ESV: "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."

John 15:11, KJV: "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

John 15:11, NASB: "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full."

John 15:11, NLT: "I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!"

John 15:11, CSB: ""I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete."

What does John 15:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Earlier in His ministry, Jesus pointed out that His purpose was not to restrict our lives, but to give us an abundant life (John 10:10). He did this, in part, by giving us an example of what it means to follow the will of God, even when the situation seems dire (John 5:19; Matthew 26:39). Ultimately, that obedience not only leads to glory for God, it is also the best thing for us, from an eternal perspective.

The book of Hebrews expands on this idea. Christ experienced the temptations we do as human beings (Hebrews 4:15) yet was without sin. He willingly endured hardship and struggle (Hebrews 12:2), knowing that God had planned all of this for His own glory (Romans 8:28; John 12:23–26). Believers of centuries past had faith that God would make good, one day, on His promises (Hebrews 11:13–16). What we have seen in history since then validates their faith, and it should encourage ours (Hebrews 11:39–40).

Jesus will continue to remind the disciples—and born-again believers today—that obedience to His teachings may bring temporary hatred from the world, but that is all part of His plan to redeem us from sin (John 16:33). Part of that obedience, phrased in no uncertain terms, is the obligation to treat one another with love (John 15:12).