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1 Peter 3:10-11

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.

The first step to a long and happy life is with our tongue. We claim we love life and want to live peaceful prosperous and productive lives. Yet we often exert little or no control over our tongue. The Bible says that if we love life and want to see good days that we will refrain our tongue from evil and our lips will speak no guile. We will eschew or stay away from evil but rather do good and seek peace.

James 1:26, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” The first person we deceive when we don’t control our tongue is ourselves. As someone once rightly said, just because nobody believes the truth does that make the truth a lie and just because everybody believes a lie does that make the lie to be truth.

We need to balance carefully what we are saying with God’s Holy Word. We deceive ourselves with our own words and then we wonder why we seem to frequently end up at odds with someone and some kind of drama going on. The stress we create in our own life and the resulting drama because we were not eschewing evil and seeking peace can result in depression, defeat, fatigue and other chronic issues in our life.

If we truly love life and desire to see good days we will refrain our tongue from evil, speak no guile and do good in seeking peace.