1 Peter 3:10-11 (New American Standard Bible)
10For, “The one who desires life, to love and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. 11“He must turn away from evil and do good He must seek peace and pursue it.”
It is said; “Everyone has his or her good days and bad days”. We often answer; “ Yes, but when am I going to have a good one?”
Everyone desires all the good things of life. We all want to love and be loved. Our life should be filled with good days, not bad ones. The direction of our life is often established by our speech, either negative or positive. What you say, and how you say it, establishes your success or failure on a daily basis.
The secret to a full and happy life is found though out the scriptures. We often overlook the simple truth that brings happiness and fulfillment. One may exert great effort to walk in the fullness of God’s covenant, only to be undermined by his own actions.
Self-discipline by controlling our speech is vitally important. Our speech affects our attitude, faith and emotions. It produces pain and discouragement or blessing and hope. It affects us personally as well as those around us. Unkind, critical, or complaining speech destroys the love and blessing God has for us. Wrong, unkind or impure speech is our greatest enemy.
What are you declaring for yourself today? The power of speech is overwhelming. James 3:6 Speaking of undisciplined speech, declares that; “the tongue is a fire full of iniquity, it defiles the entire body.” Peter writes; “If we desire life, want to experience love and have good days, we must keep our tongue from speaking evil and deceit.”
Let us experience “ good days filled with love and fullness of life” by careful speech and a disciplined attitude. Replace defeat and discouragement with anticipation and hope. Speak words of kindness and faith. “Bad days” will become “good days”. Others will be blessed and we will live joyfully in the peace of God. The tongue wields much power. Let us use it positively.
Prayer: Dear Father and Lord forgive me for my careless and unkind speech. Help me to learn to control my tongue. I know that sometimes I use it in the wrong way. I want my life to be filled with good days and love. Teach me how to speak good and wholesome words. Help me to use my tongue to “build up” rather than to “tear down”. I want a life filled with love and good days. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.