A good and long life.

1 Peter 3:10 NKJV
For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.

It is in our nature to desire a good and long life. I believe we all desire prosperous days and days in which we may be respected and loved. Every sane person desires that.

In the above scripture, Apostle Peter was addressing a felt need. This letter of Apostle Peter was written to pilgrims who were scattered in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. These people distributed in these foreign lands desired a good and long life. Who would wish to die early in a foreign land?

Imagine a child who has lost their parents and has been brought to stay in a certain relative’s home. How would that child lengthen their stay in that new home? A wise child would avoid speaking certain things.

Likewise, the Apostle Peter wrote to the pilgrims who desired a good and long life in the foreign lands to actively desist from causing harm and deceiving others.

He told them to keep from speaking wrong things and always give utterance to the truth. To avoid making promises which you cannot and will not keep, flattering and giving utterance to slander.

Apostle Peter is right, because the way to avoid hostility of other people and to secure their favour and friendship is to deal with them truthfully. A man of truth and integrity will be more likely to live long than one who is false and corrupt.

These pilgrims were to show the people in the foreign world their “religion” by how they used their tongues. For if a man does not restrain his tongue, his other evidences of “religion” are worthless.

My friend, what we say with our tongues will lead us to a good and long life or away from that life. So, how do we accomplish that?

Doctor Luke, wrote in Luke 6:45 that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. We need to ask ourselves, what are we storing in our hearts? Are we storing good or evil?

I invite you to store good in your heart by feeding on the Word of God daily and by listening to the preaching of the Word of God regularly. For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

When we are full of the Word of God and faith, then we shall keep our tongues from evil and deceit for we shall be speaking God’s word all the time which will lead us to a good and long life.

Scriptures for further study

Proverbs 18:21, James 1:26, James 3:2, Romans 12:18, Psalm 34:12 – 14, Luke 6:45, Romans 10:17

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