Hurting for Good?: Conditional Love

“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:10-12)

So what’s the key to loving life and seeing good days? According to King David in Psalms, which Peter quotes in this passage, it’s all about what we say and how we live.

hurting_3501) Don’t speak evil. (Hurtful words, gossip, disrespectful talk . . .)

2) Don’t lie. Ever.

3) All sin — even the little ones — are evil. Don’t hang out there. Turn around.

4) Do good.

5) Always keep your eyes peeled for peace; when you see it, chase it down.

6) Live like God cares how you live. Because He does, and He will respond to you accordingly. Because He loves you.

Think: Are you motivated by the idea of “loving life” and “seeing good days”? Are you motivated enough to change how you live? Do your really believe living this way will bring that result?

Pray: Tell God you really want to love life and see good days; ask Him to help you live in a way that makes that possible — even on the hardest days.

Do: Dictionary time again: Look up and write down the definitions for evil, good, and righteous.