1. According to this verse, God's people are to give careful attention to "rejoicing." 2. As we search the Scriptures we see that many similar appeals are made. a. Psalm 40:16 b. Philippians 4:4 3. In our lesson we are considering several principles from the Bible that will help us to "rejoice evermore."
I. LET US APPRECIATE THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD PROVIDES
A. He provides all good and perfect gifts (James 1:17). B. He provides all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3). C. He has given us "all things that pertain unto life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3).
II. LET US APPRECIATE OUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES
A. Let us imitate Paul who appreciated his friend Timothy (2 Timothy 1:3-5). B. The New Testament emphasizes "greetings" (1 Corinthians 16:20).
III. LET US TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN POSITIVE ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING:
A. laughter (Ecclesiastes 3:4; Proverbs 17:22a) B. enjoying the blessings that God provides (Ecclesiastes 2:24; 3:12-13, 22; 5:18) C. showing human kindness (Ephesians 4:32a) D. showing love (Colossians 3:14) E. showing peace (Romans 12:18; Matthew 5:9) F. showing optimism (Philippians 4:13; 2:14-15).
1. Joy plays a special role in the lives of God's people. 2. Practicing the principles that we covered will enable us to "rejoice evermore."