by James Merritt

Live the Good Life
James Merritt
I Peter 3:8-17


The key to this passage of scripture is found in verse 10:

"Let him who means to love life and see good days."

1. Everybody wants exactly what Peter has said here, they want to live the good life and see good days, they want to love life. You only go around life once and it only makes sense that you want to get the very most out of life that you possibly can.

2. Now there are three ways that people tend to look at life,

A. A Burden to Be Endured

For them life is just another day another dollar another debt. They count life from pay check to pay check and routine to routine. Someone has said, "The world is full of too many people in too many cars in too much of a hurry going too many directions to get nowhere for nothing." Ernest Hemingway said, "We are like a colony of ants on the end of a burning log.

B. A Battle to Escape

Some people just want to escape life. They just want to get out of living. They go to the bottle or they go to a pill or they go to a bed or they go to this thrill and that thrill never really finding anything that gives purpose and meaning to their life. Solomon, the son of David. And the king of Israel was in his day the wisest and the richest man in all the world. He slept at night on silken sheets. He drank the best wine. He had over 300 concubines and so many more wives. Everything he wanted was his. Anything he wanted to be he became and; yet, he said in: Ecclesiastes 2:17 "I hated life. For the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me because everything is futility and striving after win."

C. A Blessing To Enjoy

God meant for life to be a blessing and he meant for life to be enjoyed. But, you see, you cannot enjoy life until you possess life and you cannot possess life until Jesus Christ possesses you. Jesus said in: John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth and the life." He said again in: John 10:10 "I have come t ...

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