Do you love life? Do you see good days? If not, there must be a reason. Let's see if we can identify the reason we are not enjoying life as we should. I hope I can find out, because I can't say that I love life as it is right now. I have loved life when my children were around me, even after they left home, sometimes they lived close by and that was a good thing for me, love my family near, but now they are scattered about and I don't see them very often anymore except for a snapshot visit now and then. So let's see if we can remedy the reason we don't love life as we should.
1 Peter 3:10-12 "For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain 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 prayers: But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
These verses are speaking to me in some way and I must realize what God is trying to tell me because I want to love life and see good days and I also want Him to hear my prayers, some important prayers that I need answers to.
Maybe you can go through these verses with me and we can understand them better, how about it? I surely need help, because I did not know that I was guilty of these things.
'Let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking lies, that's what deceit means. I don't think I lie about anything but I am open for God's revealing this to me if I am guilty, and I am wondering about gossip, 'my tongue from evil'. I just need to watch my speech a lot closer, I don't think I gossip, but yet I might, I really need to be careful about this. 'Let him turn away from evil and do good.' I have really been trying to do this, doing good as the opportunity arises. 'Let him seek peace and pursue it' Believe me, I have been seeking peace, I am not sure how to pursue it, but I know God will show me that to.
I am so glad the 'eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers'. I know that I am guilty of a lot of things and so glad He is watching over me to help me live a clean, pure life without fault before Him. I will pray over these verses and God will show me wherein I am guilty and I will give it to Him.
This was a very personal study this morning, I hope I didn't bore you, but I also hope that you gained some-thing from it too.
James 3:2 "For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body." I am so glad God realizes that we stumble in many things, and I want my tongue to be tamed. Verses 8,9 says, 'But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison, With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God."
Who can tame the tongue if we can't? God is the only One who can do that, so my prayer is that God will tame my tongue in every way, not just in one way, but every way. I want my prayers heard and I want His watch care over me continually. How about you? Do you need your tongue tamed? Let's give our tongue to God to make over and cleanse. I am willing, are you? I want to love life and see good days, don't you? Grandma Joan