Loving Life and Seeing Good Days

1 Peter 3:10-12: “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. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

He that will love life and see good days: We are not to love “the world nor the things that are in the world” (1 John 2:15). However, we can love our life in this world because of our relationship and fellowship with God and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can have the “joy of the Lord that is unspeakable and full of glory”. We can have the peace of God that passes all understanding. These are just two of the blessings we receive from God. We can see good days in a world that is filled with evil and turmoil.

The path to loving life and seeing good days:

  • 1. Refrain our tongues from evil: We are to have our tongues under control. Let us use our tongues for blessing and not cursing. Let us use our tongues as instruments of righteousness in the hands of God.
  • 2. Refrain from speaking guile: We must keep our tongues from uttering deceit and laying traps for people.
  • 3. Eschew evil and do good: We are to keep away from all evil and do good to all men.
  • 4. Seek peace and ensue it: We are to seek peace and pursue it out of a genuine love and desire to live at peace.

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, watching over the righteous to teach them, lead them, protect them, and to supply their needs. “The Lord knows them that are his” (2 Timothy 2:19).

For the ears of the Lord are open to the prayers of the righteous that He might hear them and answer them.

The face of the Lord is against them that do evil: The Lord sees all. He sees the evil as well as the good. “The Lord sets them in slippery places: He casts them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors” (Psalms 73:18-19)

“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:9).