“The Mandate for the TRUE BELIEVER”
For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the Eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:10-12
This mandate for God’s Children, the TRUE BELIEVERS, is pretty clear as to how they are to conduct themselves, if they LOVE LIFE, and want to see GOOD days. They MUST FOLLOW these guidelines, in order to experience the ABUNDANT LIFE, which God wants for His Children.
They MUST KEEP their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. I think Job said it right: “As long as God gives me breath, my lips will NEVER say anything evil, my tongue will NEVER tell a lie.” (Job 27:3-4) The UNBRIDLED TONGUE can spread evil through our whole being. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8). The answer to this problem is: CALLING on God to STOP our tongues from EVIL and DECEITFUL SPEECH. ONLY HE can TAME the tongue.
They MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL, and TEMPTATIONS, which are detrimental to our LIVES, and definitely to our TESTIMONY as God’s Children. They MUST DO GOOD, SEEK PEACE and PURSUE IT, GO AFTER IT. They SHOULD have a real disdain for SIN and a LOVE for RIGHTEOUSNESS and be in PURSUIT of PEACE. And to PRACTICE or LIVE according to GOD’S WORD. RECEIVING His PROTECTION and His BLESSINGS, because of their desire to LIVE by His MANDATE for them.
However, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are EVIL in His sight and His EAR is NOT attentive to your prayers. Unless, you are FIRST, PRAYING for the REDEMPTION of your SOUL, your SALVATION. In Psalm 66:18 we are told: “If I had ignored my sins, the Lord would NOT have listened to me.” In order to receive God’s attention, you MUST WILLINGLY TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and BECOME a TRUE BELIEVER, and FOLLOW GOD’S MANDATE, and receive HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!