The One Who Desires Life
The One Who Desires Life
We all desire a good, satisfying life — even a wonderful, glorious eternal life. Some think it is due to them, no matter how they live while on earth. That’s not quite the case. The apostle, Peter, has told us what he learned from Jesus in 1 Peter 3:10-12. Peter quotes Psalm 34:12-13, so this is not something he made up. Peter says,
The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.
As Peter quoted King David’s psalm, he was telling the people to be harmonious, kindhearted, and humble in all their ways. Instead of being filled with hateful insults, we are to be harmonious — that is being sympathetic to the needs of others. We are not to be tearing others down.
Because of Jesus’ merciful love for us, we are to do good to others — if we really want to inherit God’s blessing of eternal life. We should not imagine that we can be nasty to others and still be freely given the blessing of eternal life. We are to love others because we have been loved by God. 1 John 4:19 says,
We love, because He first loved us.
In heaven, everyone is noted for their faith, hope, and love. Let that be us.
So appreciative of God’s faithful love, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for patiently guiding us in the right direction and showing us the wonders of Your forgiving love in Christ Jesus.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.