Do you want to enjoy your life and have happy days?
I know I do.
Recently I was writing some verses down in a small notepad. I want to keep the notepad in my purse, and meditate on the verses when I have a moment of time, instead of looking on my phone.
I came across 1 Peter 3:10-11, and immediately it spoke to me.
If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil, and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 1Peter 3:10-11
The beginning of the verse made me pay attention…”If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days…”
Yes, I want that.
What do I have to do?
So I read on, and Peter shared three keys to enjoying life.
Key 1: Keep Your Tongue From Speaking Evil and Your Lips From Telling Lies
Immediately after saying “If you want this”, Peter told us to keep our tongue from speaking evil and from telling lies.
Easy enough, right?
That seems like a cut and dry statement, and not too difficult to follow.
Then I felt the ping of conviction in my spirit.
God spoke to me, telling me this includes what I say about myself.
For a while now I have not really liked myself, at least not who I see in the mirror. In my head I should still be the size 0 I was when I got married. I am a 35 year old woman, and I should not still be struggling with acne.
The person I picture myself as in my head, is not the person I see in the mirror.
I am a very blessed woman to have an amazing husband who has always made me feel beautiful, whether a size 0 or not. When he compliments me I often tell him I am glad he sees me that way, but he is crazy. I often make negative comments about myself, to which he gets on to me. I don’t say out loud half of what I think to myself.
As I read this verse God told me that I must stop making negative comments about myself. When I do make those comments I am saying lies and speaking evil about His daughter and one He loves. I am His creation, and He did not make any mistakes.
This hit me square in the face!
It confirmed a couple of things to me as well. One, God loves me very much, and will defend me even against myself. Two, my words have a lot of power. Speaking lies and evil can keep me from enjoying life and happy days.
I want to speak what Jesus says about me, and about others.
Key 2: Turn from Evil and Do Good
Again this is another one that can seem cut and dry, and easy enough.
But evil is sneaky!
Evil creeps into our lives through things like the shows we watch on TV, the music we listen to, the games we play (especially video games).
We are not “doing” the evil, but the evil is still affecting us. Ask God to reveal to you where evil is sneaking in your life.
We also routinely justify our actions that are anything but God’s standard. We don’t think of ourselves as evil, but we are sinners.
Turning from evil is turning from our flesh, while doing good is doing what Christ, through His Spirit, is calling us to do.
We cannot turn from evil on our own.
It is only when we focus on the grace of Christ, and the work He finished on the cross, the we have the ability to do good.
It is not our actions, but His that make us good.
Run with open arms to the Savior. Joy is found in Him!
Key 3: Search For Peace, And Maintain It
Life can seem difficult at times.
One common saying is, “When it rains, it pours.”
In the storms of life it can seem impossible to have peace. The waves look as though they will overtake us. The flood waters rise quickly.
In John 16:33 Jesus says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Peace is in Christ!
To search for peace we only have to search for Christ, and He is never hard to find.
Philippians 4:7 instructs us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
The peace that comes through Christ truly is beyond our understanding.
How do you have peace when your child is deathly ill? Only Christ can do that.
Christ slept through the storm, while his disciples were crippled with fear. He is the one the wind and waves obey.
To enjoy life we are told to search for peace. To do that we must look to Christ. In order to maintain it, we must keep looking at Christ. Our focus must be on what is unseen, and not what is seen (2 Corinthians 4:18).
God has been teaching me so much about resting in the finished work of Christ, and staying in His peace lately. What a gift it is!
Parenting in the rest of Christ is the theme of this blog. To parent in this way, we must seek Christ.
It is my prayer for you that you enjoy your life and have happy days. I have created this printable that it may serve as a reminder for you, and in hopes that you would meditate on it until it absorbs into the marrow of your being.
May grace and peace flow upon you!