We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Jacob Reed.
“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
What do you do when you take a look at your life and know you do not have peace. When you’ve lost that wholeness, and don’t feel God near?
This Psalm lays out a pathway for peace in your life, but it may be necessary to read this more than once, to meditate on what is being said here.
“If any of you loves life and desires to see many good days,” I think we all can agree with a longing for many good days. These words imply that there is a choice. Certainly, we cannot control every bad and challenging thing that might happen to us. We CAN choose a way that brings less stress and hardship on us though!
“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good;” What does this have to do with peace? We can all agree that by talking the way the world does using its language and harshness, by telling lies or gossiping, we bring a tension on ourselves that robs us of our peace.
Obviously, there is a choice- “ … turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.” THIS is the pathway to peace. Not just in staying away from the bad things, but in seeking and PURSUING peace. You have to love any time the Bible instructs us to seek. It no doubt means there is something valuable to be gained, and a journey of discovery along the way. Plus, we know what Jesus promised- “SEEK and you WILL find’”
Lord, flood my heart with peace. Make me whole, complete, and lacking nothing. Point out the attitudes and words I use that rob me of that peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ask the Holy Spirit for the words you will say to the next person you come into contact with.
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