I Peter 1:8,9
Unlike Peter, the readers of his letter had never met Jesus ‘in the flesh’. Yet their relationship with Jesus was just as close as that of His first disciples (John 20:29). For even though Jesus is no longer physically present on earth, those who believe in Him enjoy fellowship with Him through the Spirit.
True Christianity is a matter of the heart, not just the head; it engages our emotions as well as our reason. Genuine faith in Christ is therefore always accompanied by love for Him, and by joy in Him. Such joy is not something that we ‘work up’ in ourselves; it is the consequence of loving and trusting Jesus. And it is one of the benefits of salvation that we don’t have to wait for; we begin to experience it now!