“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.” I Peter 3:10, 11
How do you live the good life? What is the big secret? While much could be said, Peter gives us Divine counsel that may be surprising. When someone thinks of the recipe for the good life, do they think of controlling their words?! God’s wisdom in the Scriptures says much about our words.
The common fare in our world is complaining, harsh speaking, cutting words, morally filthy speech, gossip, cursing, lies and the like. The reason these things are common is because these are native to the fallen human heart. The redeemed heart, however, should be producing thanksgiving, encouragement, truth, purity, self-control when offended, patience when annoyed and lots of praise to God. What kind of speech is your heart producing?
What a difference, what a witness and what a blessing to others the more our hearts and words are controlled by the Holy Spirit. That is a big part of the good life!
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