I Peter 3:10

01.27.16 | Justin Dix |

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 

The apostle Peter writes to encourage and instruct persecuted Christians.

I Peter 3:10  For, "whoever would love life and enjoy good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech." (NIV)

If I ever needed a motivation to guard my speech -- here it is!  The apostle clearly links sinful speech to an unfulfilled life.  If you want to "love life and enjoy good days" . . . control your tongue!  What does it mean to enjoy "good days"?  John MacArthur writes:  "the life that is full of good days" is the life that remembers God, the life that is set on Him."

But there's more!  MacArthur goes on to say, "[The apostle Peter is] writing to . . .  people who are persecuted."  So, it's possible to enjoy "good days" and still be persecuted!  What's that all about?  Clearly, "enjoying good days" is not about externals. "Enjoying good days" means in spite of suffering, you turn from evil and do good.  Control what you say; don't give back evil for evil.   MacArthur says, "if you want love life and enjoy good days, then obey God.  Have the right attitude, the right response, and the right reaction to God's authority."  God will take care of payback.







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