On Loving Life and Seeing Good Days
by Lynn D. Headrick
For, He that would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile:And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication: But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil. -- 1 Peter 3:10-12
I want to "love life and see good days" and I am sure that this is also your desire. Loving life and seeing good days does not come from the attitude which says, " I will live my life as I please. I will not take advice from anyone. I am my own person and I will not take instruction from anyone." There is only one way that we can love life and see good days and that is by knowing and practicing that which is taught in the word of God!
In this lesson, I want to select some thoughts from 1 Peter 2:13-3:12 which give divine wisdom for loving life and seeing good days.
(1) All who want to love life and see good days must obey the laws of the country in which they live, 1 Peter 2:13-17
Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to them that do well. For so is the will of God... Fear God. Honor the king.
Some refuse to obey the laws of the land and are now in jail as the result. The are not loving life and seeing good days. As we obey the laws of our nation and pray for our rulers we have a good conscience and this contributes to loving life.
(2) Those who work for others can love life and see good days by being obedient to those for whom they work, 1 Peter 2:18,19.
Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully.
Some employers (bosses) are hard to work for because they are often arrogant and unreasonable. However, when we, as Christians, work for others, we should manifest a kind, obedient, and helpful spirit. By so doing we may convert our boss to Christ.
(3) If we want to love life and see good days, we must refrain our tongues from evil and our lips that they speak no guile. 1 Peter 3:10,11.
Words of kindness to family members, associates, brethren in Christ, and to strangers bring happiness to us and to those who hear us. The biting, hurtful, and spiteful tongue creates a miserable situation. The tongue that commends, teaches, reproves in kindness, and compliments contributes greatly to loving life and seeing good days.
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