‘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.’ — 1 Peter 3:10–11
Most people want to be happy, to love the life they have, and to see good days. For the Christian, there are some very direct and practical instructions in 1 Peter 3 for how to ‘love life and see good days’:
- Be of one mind (v.8). Though every person is different, Christians should keep their focus on one goal of pleasing Christ and showing love to one another. There should be compassion toward one another, love as brothers, pity, and courtesy.
- Don’t return evil for evil (v.9). When someone does us wrong, we should not do them wrong in return. Instead of railing against them, we should bless them. As we bless others, we will ourselves inherit God’s blessings on our lives.
- Refrain our tongues from evil (v.10). Our tongues often are the thing that gets us in the most trouble. If we want to love life and have good days, then we must keep a close watch on our tongues. We must not allow them to speak evil or speak with guile or deception.
- Run away from evil and run after peace (v.11). Eschew means to flee from. Instead of evil, we should do good. We should seek peace and ensue it with everything that is in us.