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February 19, 2017


   Sermon Title: Joyful Christian/Grumpy Christian

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:12; Psalm 28:7; 1 Corinthians 15:19

Scripture Text: Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Joyful Christian/Grumpy Christian

We all like being around people who are generally upbeat, don’t we? If you had your choice of being with someone who had a smile or someone who looked like he was weaned on sour lemons, who would you most likely pick?

Grumpy Christian. To me that seems like an oxymoron on the same level as “jumbo shrimp,” or “plastic glass,” or “congressional budget cuts.” It’s genuinely hard for me to understand how someone who claims to be walking with God could be grumpy for any length of time.
I am NOT talking about sadness.
I am NOT talking about genuine SORROW.
I am NOT talking about some fake happiness.

I would never suggest we walk around with a plastic smile on our face pretending that everything is okay all the time. Things happen, things go wrong, and we are faced with heartache and hurt. I’m NOT talking about that. I’m talking about a basic attitude – how we carry ourselves.

How would others characterize your attitude…your “bearing,” if you will? Do they see you living a life of JOY, peace, and rest, or do they see someone who looks like they have no hope for today, much less for eternity? Which attitude do you think will be more likely to attract someone to the gospel?

Think about it – why would anyone want to be a Christian if the ones he sees are always grumpy? If they looked at you!! Would they want to invest their lives in it? Can you imagine someone with a perpetually long face trying to tell someone the “Good News?”

Point I. The Joy
By joy, I don’t mean “happiness”, because happiness is dependent on circumstances.
A. Joy in the Lord.
First, as I just mentioned, joy has God as its object and its source. If you can focus on Him, then it is easy to have joy in Him.
B. Joy in our salvation.
This is hard to explain unless you have experienced it.
C. Joy in living.
This is just kind of a basic outlook that says I am glad to be alive.

Point II. The Fruit.
The focus of this part is the “fruit of the Spirit.”

Point III. The Practice.
A. At Work.
B. At Home.
C. At Play.

He has given us every reason to be JOYOUS, so leave here today, determined to LIGHTEN UP!

Remember that Grumpy is one of the Seven Dwarves,
A Fruit of the Spirit!

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