Who Desires To Enjoy Life?
December 15, 2008 7:34am CST
If you desire to enjoy life, do the following: 1. “Keep [your] tongue free from evil.” God’s Word clearly states that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). I can bring blessing or misery into my life with my words. I must choose my words carefully if I want to enjoy my life. “Turn away from wickedness.” We must take action to remove ourselves from wickedness and from wicked environments. The first chapter of Psalms instructs us to avoid sitting inactively in the pathway of sinners. The action we must take could mean altering our friendships and eating lunch alone instead of sitting in the middle of office gossip. It could even mean loneliness for a period of time. New beginnings require endings. The desire to have a new life—one filled with righteousness, peace and joy—will require the death of some things as we wait on God to give birth to new ones. 2. “Do right.” The decision to do right must follow the decision to stop doing wrong. It may appear that the one automatically follows the other, but it doesn’t. Both are definite choices. Repentance is twofold; it requires turning AWAY from sin and turning TO righteousness. Some people turn from their sin, but they never make the decision to start doing right. As a result, they are lured back into sin. You will do right if you live according to God’s Word. 3. “Search for peace.” Notice that we must search for it, pursue it and go after it. We cannot merely desire peace; we must take action to achieve it in our relationships with God, ourselves and our fellow man. Today, in the midst of all the busyness, tiredness and craziness of holiday preparations, let’s make a commitment to actively pursue peace. We can’t secure it on our own; we have to rely on God to make it happen as we continually abide in and lean on Him.