by Jerry Vines

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Loving Life (10 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
Jerry Vines
I Peter 3:8-17

I want to talk to you this morning about ''Loving Life.'' If you will look at the verses carefully as we move through them, you will find where I am taking my subject this morning.

My subject is found in verse 10. In this verse, Simon Peter, the human author of this book, is quoting, actually, from his Bible. He is quoting from the Old Testament Psalm 34, verse 12. It says, ''What man is he who desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?''

I think that is the desire of everyone. I think everyone wants to love life. I think everybody would like to see good days. Are you loving life? Are you seeing good days?

It is rather interesting to note that there were many people in the Bible who didn't seem to love life. Take Solomon for instance. Solomon had everything you would think that would make a person happy and would love life. He was a multimillionaire. He had all kinds of things. When you study what he said in the book of Ecclesiastes, you will find that he rehearses all of the things that he had that we would think would cause a person to love life and see good days; and yet in the midst of it all Solomon said, ''I hated life.''

Then I think about a man named Jacob. He was one of the great heroes of the faith. Jacob lived to be 130 years old. Yet, before he died, this man Jacob said, ''Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life.'' Somehow through all of those years he didn't love life. Somehow he couldn't see any good days.

Did you know there is a lot of pessimism today about life? There are many people today who are very pessimistic about life. Let me just read some quotations I picked up from certain people. For instance, one of them said, ''Life is a disease for which the only cure is death.'' That is a very pessimistic view of life. ''Earth is like a gigantic fly wheel making ten thousand revolutions a minute. Man is a sick fly taking a ...

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