You Have To Be Able To Smile
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. There is an appropriate time for sorrow (Ecclesiastes 3:4) and even a time for prolonged sorrow (Romans 9:1-3).
1. Sometimes sorrow can actually do something good (Ecclesiastes 7:1-4 and Joel 2:12).
2. Yet, we have to realize that even godly sorrow can become seriously dangerous (II Corinthians 2:7).
B. A heavy heart is not good (Proverbs 12:25).
1. Sorrow can break oneÕs spirit (Proverbs 15:13).
2. Like the disciples would face when Christ died, if we have times of sorrow remember the joy that cannot be taken from us (cf. John 16:22).
II. Body: Proverbs 18:14.
A. A merry heart can do great things for us (Proverbs 17:22).
1. Having a merry heart is like a continual feast (Proverbs 15:15).
2. Remember who you are [if youÕre a child of the Almighty] and what that means (Psalms 144:15).
B. We should not allow the things of this life to turn us into constant complainers (I Corinthians 10:10-11 and Philippians 2:14-16).
1. The person who is described as a murmurer and complainer is one who walks after their own lusts (Jude 16).
2. Plainly put, complainers are displeasing to God (Numbers 11:1).
3. Realize something now if you have not already, this life is full of numbered emptiness (Psalms 90:10 and Ecclesiastes 9:9) so donÕt get caught up in the worldly cares that abound (Luke 8:15).
a. This life is numbered (Psalms 89:48 and Hebrews 9:27).
b. We are supposed to be focused on something greater (I Corinthians 9:25 and Colossians 3:1-2).
4. How can you rejoice if you constantly find reasons to gripe (cf. Philippians 4:4)?
C. If you cannot find anything to smile at in this world, think of what is to come (Psalms 35:9, Romans 5:11, and II Corinthians 1:5).
1. Thinking of heaven should bring about a joy unspeakable (I Peter 1:3-9).
2. DonÕt get caught up in the affairs of this life (II Timothy 2:4).
3. When things get miserable, earnestly desire what is to come (II Peter 3:11-14 and Jude 21).
4. At the end of our lives, we want to finish with joy (Acts 20:23-24).
III. Conclusion: Have a real smile on your face, for there is reason for peace and joy (Romans 5:1-3).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager