What is the relationship between love, joy, and wisdom? Consider the following passage. Jesus knows He will soon die. So, He strengthens His apostles for the shock of His death. In middle of a series of monologues, He gives his apostles this instruction.
John 15:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
Of Joy In Love
Why would anyone love someone else as much as they love themselves? Why would anyone do what Jesus did, die for another? Is it about joy? That is the motive Jesus gives us.
What exactly is joy?
Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world. (from How Do You Define Joy? (desiringgod.org))
Note the role of the Holy Spirit. Jesus explains how the Holy Spirit helps us in John 14:16-31. So, the apostles had good reason, especially after Pentecost, to understand joy could be supernatural, that it could be of God.
How do we express joy in Christian love? The Book of Philippians provides the most profound example. Here the Apostle Paul writes from prison. He writes joyfully in love to persecuted Christians who are sharing his suffering with him.
What of wisdom? What does wisdom have to do with love and joy? Philippians provides a clue.
Philippians 1:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Real knowledge and discernment? Sounds a lot like wisdom, does it not? And so, we will consider wisdom in part 2 of this series.