Summary: We have reason to celebrate when because of the blessings we can receive from the great mercy of God!
• SLIDE #1
• What brings joy to your life right now? I am not simply talking about having a smile on your face, or being happy baseball season is upon us, but what brings joy to your life.
• Sometimes life can be frustrating, draining, and difficult; nonetheless, in between all the difficulties that can beset us in life, we can find joy.
• We find joy in the people we love, the things we love to do, and for some they find a little joy in the stuff they possess.
• Today I want to share with you some reason as to why you can find true joy through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
• When this relationship is forged, your life will never be the same if you are willing to go all in with God.
• Over the past couple of weeks as we have been examining the subject of love, one of the main points I have been seeking to get across to everyone is that love is about priorities.
• When one properly aligns their priorities by putting God ahead of all else, or a Jesus put it, follow the greatest commandment; life will take on such a different perspective.
• The dull, dry faith one may be experiencing will turn into a true source of joy.
• The three reasons we will explore together this morning will give us reason to have joy, as well as wanting to deepen our relationship with Jesus.
• Let’s begin with verse 3
• SLIDE #2
• 1 Peter 1:3 (quickview)  (HCSB) Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
• SLIDE #3
According to His great mercy we receive…
I. A new birth into a living hope.
• As we have been examining the subject of love over the past couple of weeks, one of the things about love is the fact that love is a verb, love is not simply about words, it is about what we do.
• In verse 3 we see that ACCORDING TO HIS GREAT MERCY… God has given us something.
• There are a couple of different words for MERCY in the Greek.
• Both words include the issue of sympathy, fellow-feeling with hurting people, compassion; however, the first word denotes an inner feeling of compassion which abides in the heart, it includes the thought of pity.
• This would be like telling someone you feel sorry for them.
• The second word used for MERCY is the one used in this verse. It goes MUCH deeper.
• It denotes a sympathy that manifests itself in actions rather than words.
• So God’s MERCY causes Him to get involved in the lives of those who have given their lives to Him.
• He acts in harmony with His compassion and sympathy for our struggles.
• When you have a relationship with Jesus, He WILL be an active part of your life.
• Way too many Christians are not experiencing this joy. WE let the noise of life block out this joy.