Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit. And he must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3.10-12
Peter quotes Psalm 34 in these verses. The same encouragement applies today.
If you want to love life and see good days, be honest and speak only what is good. At times, our tongue can get us into bad situations. We do not always measure our words with care. James 3 compares the tongue to a fire that can flame out of control and wreak havoc.
Not only are our words important, so are our actions. Turn away from evil and do good. Not only must I do good, I must resist evil by turning away from it. That is very different from walking on the edge to see how close we can come to sinning and get away with it. By that time, we may have already committed it in our hearts.
One last thing Peter mentions here. We must seek peace and pursue it. That is acting towards peace and not stirring up the waters even more. Ephesians 4 says that we are to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. No one said that it was easy.
However, we can be assured that our efforts will not go unseen. For the eyes of God himself will see and his ears will hear the prayers that are lifted up to him.