“For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.””
1 Peter 3:10-12
3 Ways to Make Life go well:
Do you desire to love life and see good days like what’s prompted in this writing from Peter? Of course you do!
I’ve learned that the key to having a successful life is to start searching for wisdom like hidden treasure, and pouring into the Bible is the truest way to do that.
I was reading 1 Peter again this morning, and this verse hit me. It shows three things that make life go well.
1 – Keep our tongue from Evil and our lips from Deceit
2 – Turn away from evil and do good
3 – Seek peace and pursue it
Throughout my life, when I would allow myself to say evil things, my life would be compromised in some way, shape or form. What we say MATTERS. In fact, reading Peter lead me to another verse that shows us just how big of a deal our mouths and tongues are.
Read these frightening words from Jesus’ brother James, about the impact our words and speech have on life:
“If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue.
It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”
James 3:3-12 ESV