Are you Living The Good Life Today?

Everyone has an idea of what they call, the good life.  Some people imagine themselves sitting on a beach sunning themselves under a tropical sun.  Some people imagine themselves driving a convertible sports car along a scenic highway.  Some even imagine themselves in a luxury home with a great view over some water.  Whatever your idea of the good life is, this isn't what I am talking about - sorry.

1 Peter 3:8-12  8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Reread that passage again.  It is your key to the good life.
- have unity of mind
     - Know what you believe and stick with it.
- sympathy,
     - Be sensitive to other people's needs.
- brotherly love,
     - Be a friend and a little more.
- a tender heart,
     - Don't be calloused and mean.
- and a humble mind.
     - Get rid of your pride.
- 9 Do not repay evil for evil
    - Revenge is God's responsibility, not yours
- or reviling for reviling,
    - Don't criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner.
- but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
   - See and speak the good in people, even if they can't see it in themselves.
- 10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
     - Jesus said in Matt. 12:34 that what we say is from our heart.
     - Guard your heart, and your mouth will stay out of trouble.
11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
     - Keep your relationship with God and others at peace, then work to keep it that way.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
     - God will bless those who bless Him.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, Help me to live the good life today. AMEN

1 comment:

Myrna karl said...

wow!! thank you for this word it was so needed, I felt terrible today and then I read your blog and I realized I am living a good life and the fact that is not the easier that actually I'ts very hard, that doesn't mean is not a good life, because following Jesus and His will is not easy at all but is the best life that I could ever have.:)