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A HAPPY LIFE. 1 Peter 3:8-12. What is happiness?. World’s definition: Fame, fortune, glory; self-fulfillment and self-satisfaction Must not confuse the pleasures of sin with real happiness Sin destroys happiness, Prov. 13:15 God’s definition, 1 Pet. 3:10-12 (Matt. 5:3-12)

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A happy life

A HAPPY LIFE

1 Peter 3:8-12


What is happiness

What is happiness?

  • World’s definition:

    • Fame, fortune, glory; self-fulfillment and self-satisfaction

    • Must not confuse the pleasures of sin with real happiness

    • Sin destroys happiness,Prov. 13:15

  • God’s definition, 1 Pet. 3:10-12 (Matt. 5:3-12)

  • God wants our happiness – As He defines it, Eccl. 3:12-13; 9:7-9


What is happiness1

What is happiness?

  • State of mind; attitude of heart (Prov. 23:7)

    • More than emotion; decision of the mind

  • Christian’s happiness:

    • Right thinking about life

    • Forgiveness of sins

    • Trust the promises of God

      -Jno. 14:1, 27; 16:22, 33; 2 Cor. 6:10-


What is happiness2

What is happiness?

  • Build a happy life by building faith in God

    • Set your hope on God, Heb. 13:5-6

    • Learn happiness by trusting God, Phil. 4:10-13

    • Count your blessings, Eph. 1:3 (Phil. 4:4)


Things of earth do not bring lasting happiness eccl 1 13 2 3

Things of Earth do not Bring Lasting Happiness, Eccl. 1:13; 2:3

  • Pleasure, Eccl. 2:1-2

    • Sorrow in laughter,Prov. 14:13

    • Pleasure is passing, Heb. 11:25; Lk. 12:19

    • Can distort one’s view of life and death, Eccl. 7:2-4


Things of earth do not bring lasting happiness

Things of Earth do not Bring Lasting Happiness

  • Possessions, Eccl. 2:4-11 (Lk. 12:15-21)

    • Tends to isolate,4:7-8

    • No satisfaction…more anxiety,Eccl. 5:10-12; 1 Tim. 6:10

    • Great possessions, yet great sorrow,Matt. 19:21-22


Things of earth do not bring lasting happiness1

Things of Earth do not Bring Lasting Happiness

  • Wisdom, Eccl. 2:12-17

    • Trusting our own wisdom is foolish, 1 Cor. 3:18

    • Death still comes, 2:14

    • Divine wisdom needed, 8:16-17; 1 Cor. 1:21


Things of earth do not bring lasting happiness2

Things of Earth do not Bring Lasting Happiness

  • Labor, Eccl. 2:18-23 (24)

    • Whose shall it be? 2:18-19 (Lk. 12:20)

    • Elements of despair, 2:20; 5:13-17

    • Good, but not for ultimate happiness, 1 Ths. 4:11-12


Things of earth do not bring lasting happiness3

Things of Earth do not Bring Lasting Happiness

  • Success, Eccl. 4:4-6

    • Often envied, 4:4

    • While working to succeed we must learn to be content with what our labor provides, 1 Tim. 6:6-8


Things of earth do not bring lasting happiness4

Things of Earth do not Bring Lasting Happiness

  • Fulfilling desire, Eccl. 6:7-9

    • Never satisfied when desire rules

    • Our desires must be godly & controlled by contented faith, Phil. 4:11-13


Things needed to be happy in life

Things Neededto be Happy in Life

  • Fear & obey God, Eccl. 12:13 (Psa. 128:1-2)

  • Address sin in God’s way, Acts 2:41-42; 16:27, 34

  • Seek first the things of God, Matt. 6:33 (1 Pet. 3:10-12)


Things needed to be happy in life1

Things Needed to be Happy in Life

  • Pray often, 1 Jno. 5:14 (Phil. 4:4-7)

  • Count your blessings,1 Tim. 6:7-8

  • Patient faith, Isa. 40:27-31 (1 Pet. 5:7; Heb. 13:5-6)


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