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Date: November 3

Category: Godly Character

1 Peter 3:10
"For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good – whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit)."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThe message of this verse is inherent in what it says. This is a tremendously powerful message. What this word promises is a great truth. No one can escape the manifestation of this truth regardless of whether he/she is saved or unsaved. It says here that if we want to enjoy life and see good days, then we have to keep our tongue from evil. No one wants a pitiful life; no one wants to see miserable days. We all want good lives. But in order to have that, we have to keep our tongue free from evil and our lips from guile, which is treachery and deceit. That is what's required to have an enjoyable life. There is no exception to this principle for anyone.

More than anything else in our lives, our words define who we are. What we say and how we say it really reveals the kind of person we are. People will see our true inner self by the words that we speak. Our mouths are the outlets of our hearts. In Luke 6:45c it says, "For out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks." That's why it's so important to be careful of the words that we allow to come out of our mouths.

We can cause a lot of pain and anguish to ourselves and to others by just the words we say. So if we remove negativity, gossip, and slander from our tongues, we will improve our lives and the lives of other people. That's why we need to keep our mouths from speaking evil. Even if we talk in very casual conversations, the words that pass between one person and another are capable of creating tremendous changes in their lives. What you say about yourself and what you hear others say about you could change the course of your life. But why is that? Why do our words have such power?

Well in Isaiah 57:19b God says, "I create the fruit of his lips." In other words, God says that He will bring to existence every word that we speak. What a powerful truth. An example is found in Numbers 14 where the Israelites were complaining in the wilderness. They complained that they were going to die in the desert and they should have just stayed in Egypt. In Numbers 14:27-28 God said, "How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me? I have heard the complaints the Israelites murmur against Me. Tell them, As I live, says the Lord, what you have said in My hearing I will do to you." In other words, God delivered their complaints to them just as they have spoken. In verse 29 we read, "Your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness – of all who were numbered of you, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against Me." So God promised to bring about whatever the Israelites murmured to Him.

That's why it's so important that when you and I open our mouths to speak, we speak what God says concerning our life situations. For example, when we're sick, we should speak what God says concerning healing. God says that by His stripes, we've been healed (1 Peter 2:24c). So that's what you and I should speak when we are sick. But in order to align our speech up to the Word of God, we need to have the Word of God within our hearts. We have to renew our minds with the Word so that we can renew our speech according to the Word (Romans 12:2).

In James 3:2b we read, "And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature." In other words, if you and I are able to control our speech and not offend others, then it's a sign that we are fully developed in our character, meaning we are perfect because we are able to control our body and curb our nature.

So today, let's heed to this instruction given to us by Peter. Let's keep our tongue away from evil and only speak what God speaks about our lives and other people. That's what it takes if we want to enjoy life and see good days. Psalm 141:3 says, "Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips." Let's start each and every day praying this prayer.

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