WEEK 15: Strive for Peace: “Strive and you will Arrive”

As the scripture says, “If you want to enjoy life and wish to see good times, you must keep from speaking evil and stop telling lies. You must turn away from evil and do good; you must strive for peace with all your heart. 1 Peter 3:10-11

‘ For, “The one who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good–whether apparent or not], Must keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from speaking guile (treachery, deceit). “He must turn away from wickedness and do what is right. He must search for peace [with God, with self, with others] and pursue it eagerly [actively–not merely desiring it].’ 1 PETER 3:10-11

Try to be at peace with everyone, and try to live a holy life, because no one will see the Lord without it. Hebrews 12:14

If you want to enjoy life,  and see good times, stop speaking evil and stop telling lies. If you want peace pursue it with all peace.

Is there any area you need to pursue peace? What does pursuing peace mean to you?

Prayer: “God help me to not speak evil or lie today where I can enjoy life and see good times today!  Thank You!  In Jesus Name, Amen.”

About the Author Pastor James Greer

Pastor of Journey Church. Business Owner of D&J Tire, D&J Custom Homes, D&J Autoplex and D&J Investments

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Dustin Smith says April 11, 2018

Lies and evil speak can lead one down a path of unrest and trouble. Firstly, lies lead to so much more confusion and chaos than just telling the truth. Even if the truth is an uncomfortable truth or even a truth that may hurt some feelings, it ultimately leads to more peace to just tell the truth rather than lie.

In regards to evil speak, lets reference Proverbs 18:21 (“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”). While this is normally seen in the context of what we confess over our lives, this can also be seen from the light of the kind of speak that comes from out of us. The problem that we can run into is that evil speak can bring forth evil fruit. Much like what we speak over our lives, this plays a huge role in peace.

Its better to let our words toward one another be Godly, edifying, and honest. While the opposite may be easier in the short-term, it can cause things to be much more difficult and sacrifice the peace of God in the long term.

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Tracy Blalock says April 12, 2018

Good stuff, Bro. James. Lies only lead to more lies. Whether intentional or not, lies hurt. Thank you for this insight.

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