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Who wants to love life? Sounds good, right? Just like we all have a natural desire to care for ourselves, look out for ourselves, and want the best for ourselves, we also desire to live a happy life. Unfortunately, life is not always a walk in the park. It can come with some pretty harsh blows. So, how can we have a life of peace, joy, and happiness? The answer is found in God's Word. His promises are true and His way is always right. God gives us the formula we need to see good days. 
I Peter 3:10 begins, "For he that will love life...." First off, there is a will, a desire, to love life. Do you desire to love life? Have you even realized that God desires for you not only to be His child, but to live according to His will and enjoy the life here on earth that He has blessed you with. God gives us a way to have a life we can truly love! Pay attention: "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it."  If you and I want to see "good days" we need to lay out a game plan to make these verses a part of our daily living. We need to get serious about this and see how much we can really love our life!


1. Let him refrain his tongue from evil.


Think of a parent refraining their young one from running into the street, or of a police officer that must refrain a suspect attempting to harm another. These are not just nonchalant casual encounters. This is head to head- do whatever needs to be done- kind of action! We are told here that if we want to love life we need to refrain our tongue! If we consider those things that bring us hardship in almost any relationship, most of them, if not all, can probably be brought back to a tiny little tongue, just doing what it does best! Let's get serious and active about refraining our tongue. This little tongue is no small matter!


2. And his lips that they speak no guile. 


More about our mouth! Oh, yes. Something I find very convicting as I read these little passages in my Bible are the absolutes. "No guile." That doesn't leave any wiggle-room! Maybe we think that we are just about as good as we can get, after all, we are only human! But you see- as Christians, we are not only expected to use our mouths to bless those we love, but we are also told to bless our enemies! We are not on this earth to compare ourselves to the one standing next to us, but to Jesus Christ Himself. And chapter two verse 22 says He did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to [God.]  Is this the pattern we are following?


3. Let him eschew evil.


Here we have an even stronger word than "refrain." It is actually fun to see all the ways different dictionaries explain eschew! Each of them is pretty clear- you are getting away!! // to fight off; renounce; steer clear of; have nothing to do with; shun; to avoid something intentionally; to purposely try to stay away from; to avoid using, accepting, participating in, or partaking of //  Do you really want to love life? Hey, it looks to me like we need to be making some serious actions to "eschew" those things contrary to God's will and God's way in our life! I ask each of you to set aside some time today to pray and ask God what evil there is in your life that you need to fight off, renounce, and steer clear of! Remember, there are promises ahead that we can only claim once we have followed His path.


4. And do good.


The Bible tells us to "do good unto all men" (Gal. 6:10) and to "maintain good works" (Titus 3:8,14). It's not just enough to keep the bad out of our life- but we need to fill it with good! Be good to your husband, good to your children, good to your family, friends, church body, neighbors, strangers, and even mean people! Do good.
It's not a social gospel- it's God's command for Christians. Yes, we should be good. But being good isn't of much use if we are not doing good. 


5. Seek peace, and ensue it.


This world has enough drama. Just don't get involved. You need your sanity. You need your peace of mind. Jesus says in His sermon on the mount "Blessed are the peacemakers." Be a peace maker. Seek it, follow it, make it happen. You will be blessed!! You will find joy in the simple things of life. You will love life and see good days. Take God at His Word and claim those promises that follow. Meditate on His Word and follow Him today! 



Live your life God's way- and you will truly LOVE the life you live!

 
 
We all know by now that we need to “set a watch” over our mouth and be careful what we say. We ought not to be gossiping, backbiting, and slandering. It doesn’t take long to figure out a person by just listening to what (or who) they talk about. Here is a quick example of a few of the many many verses that warn us against using our words to sow discord:

James 1:26 - If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

Proverbs 16:28 - A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Psalms 101:5 - Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
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But what if we aren’t the one spreading the gossip? Do we get a free pass to listen to everything going on around us? I mean… the Bible does say we shouldn’t answer a matter before we hear it. So, does that make it right to go around making sure we get the whole story from everyone on every bit of gossip that comes our way? Actually, that just might be wrestling the Scriptures to our own destruction. The Bible contains a severe warning for those listening ears as well.

Yesterday I was made aware of some personal matters that were being discussed about my family. The content really didn’t bother me because I’m not afraid to give the truth and state the facts on what actually happened. It was just a mistake. But what did cause concern was how so many people had no problem discussing our personal matters.

When one dear brother in Christ asked me in sincerity, “Aren’t you concerned about the things being said about you?” I must say I answered quite quickly- and quite frankly. No.

Why not? Because the Bible tells us clearly in Proverbs 17:4 “A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” You see, it takes two to gossip. It takes a talker, and it takes a listener. Be careful if you pride yourself in your ability to hold your tongue and speak few words- people know who the gossipers are… and they know who’s listening!

I am not concerned about my testimony being marred by someone with such a low moral character that they would go about seeking gossip and slander, and you shouldn’t either. You see, following God gives a life of peace. Even when we make mistakes. It’s okay with me to admit that and move on.

If you (like me) often find yourself “out of the loop” as to what the latest gossip is going around, count yourself blessed that the gossipers know that you are not a good listener!!
 

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