Seek Peace

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Character- 1 Peter 3:10-12 - Seek Peace - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character- 1 Peter 3:10-12 – Seek Peace – Growing As Disciples

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he 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 (NIV)

Peacemaker

Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Yes, of course I want to live the life that you have called me to live. Do you want to enjoy life and see many good days? Yes, who would not want that? Do you want me to hear and answer your prayers? Most of all I want you to hear and answer my prayers. Why is that? I want to know you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to know and do your will. In every way I want to do what pleases you. When you asked, “Do you want me to hear and answer you prayers?” I was not thinking that you asked, “Do you want me to give you everything you ask for?” What were you thinking? I was thinking of living in a back and forth conversation with you. My prayers are a conversation with you. I want to draw near to you. I want you to draw near to me. I want to talk to you. I want you to talk to me. That is very good. Isn’t that a desire that you have put into my heart? Yes, it is.

There are some things that you must do with your life if you want to live in a close and intimate relationship with me. You have my full attention. Oh no, you have my full attention. You tell me what you must do. I thought you might say that. I must turn away from evil and do good. How will that be demonstrated? I will keep a very close guard over the words of my mouth. I will keep my lips from speaking evil. I will use the words of my mouth for doing good. How will that be demonstrated? The words of my mouth will be an expression of seeking and pursuing peace. I will not allow my words to fan flames of conflict. My words will lead to peace. You will use my words to bring about peace. Yes, I will. What else? I’m not sure what else there is to say. I know that turning away from evil and pursuing peace will allow me to love life, see many good days and live the life that you have called me to live. Yes, it will. There is more. You will hear my prayers. Yes, I will. Many of our conversations will be about you using me as a peacemaker in the world. You want me to be a peacemaker. Yes, I do. That is how I will use your life. That is how you will learn to love life and see many good days. You will be a peacemaker for me.

Lord, I will turn away from evil and do good. I will seek peace and pursue it. I will keep a close guard over the words that come out of my mouth. I want to love the life you have given me to live with and for you. Hear and answer my prayers as I follow you. Amen

Key Question…  How are you turning from evil, doing good, and seeking and pursing peace in all your relationships?

Living It Out… Turn from evil and do good as you seek and pursue peace in all your relationships.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will give you good days as you turn from evil, do good, and seek peace and pursue.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are seeking and pursuing peace in all your relationships.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you turn from evil and do good as you seek and pursue peace.

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Turn From Evil

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 142 - 1 Peter 3:10-12 - Turn From Evil - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 142 – 1 Peter 3:10-12 – Turn From Evil – Growing As Disciples

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he 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 (NIV)

A Good Day 

How would you describe that? How would I describe what? How would you describe a good day? That is an unusual question. Why is that? I could pick a hundred different things that might be part of a good day. Are there really that many possibilities? I’m not sure. Why don’t you try to describe just one good day? Maybe, your thoughts will become clearer as you think more deeply about this question. I could ask you other related questions that might help you. Go ahead, ask me, I’d like that. What would a good life look like? If you added up all your good days how would they end up equaling a good life? You’re right, those additional questions have helped me to think about my answer. My thoughts have become clearer. Let me hear your thoughts. A good day would be one that I lived with and for you. A good day would be one in which I walked intimately with you. A good day would be when I turned away from evil to do good. A good day would be when I kept my tongue from speaking any evil or deceitful speech. Most of importantly, good days would be when your eyes are on me and you are attentive to my prayers. Without all of these things, I could not call any day good. So, in conclusion, I would say that good days are one in which I have walked closely with you. Only these days can be added up to equal a good life that was well lived. You have answered my question well.

I have more to say. I’m listening. I want you to help me to live a life filled with good days. I don’t want to live any bad days. I want to continually turn away from evil to do good. I want to continually think good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds. I want your eyes to be on me continually. I want you to always be attentive to my prayers. I know that you will help me to live these kinds of days and this kind of life. You will watch me. You will be with me. You will help me. You will give me prayers to prayer that you will certainly hear and answer. Yes, I will. This prayer of yours, to live good days and a good life, is one that I will certainly hear and answer. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will turn away from evil in all its forms. I will not think evil thoughts, speak evil words, or take evil actions. Instead, I will do all the good that you have called me to do for you. Help me to live the life you have called me to live. Hear and answer my prayers. Amen

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You Want To Enjoy Life

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - 1 Peter 3:10-12 - You Want To Enjoy Life - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – 1 Peter 3:10-12 – You Want To Enjoy Life – Growing As Disciples

For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do well. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:10-12 (NLT)

Enjoy Life

I want you to be able to enjoy the life that I have given to you. That makes two of us. I want to enjoy the life that you have given to me. I also want you to see many good days. That sounds good to me as well. I especially want to be able to hear and answer your prayers as I watch over your life. I can’t imagine anything better than you hearing and answering my prayers as you watch over my life. Is there anything that I must do to enjoy life and see many good days? Is there anything that would make it so my prayers would not be heard and answered? It pleases me that you have asked these questions. Yes, there are several things you must do if you want to enjoy life and see good days. The quality of your life and the goodness of your days depend a lot on your own behavior. How so? What does my word say? If I want to enjoy life and see good days I will need to place a guard on the words that come out of my mouth. I must speak good words that will bless the lives of others. My words must also tell the whole and complete truth. Speaking evil and telling lies will rob me of joy and prevent me from enjoying my life and seeing many happy days. That’s exactly right. What else? I must turn away from every evil to do whatever is good in all my thoughts, words and deeds. In all my relationships I will need to seek and maintain peace. Nothing will rob my joy and ruin my days more quickly than living in continual conflict with others. You want me to be known as a peacemaker. Yes, I do. Thinking, speaking and doing evil will also hinder my prayers. Yes, it will. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to do what pleases you. I want to know and do your will at all times. I will do all the good things that you have asked me to do for you as I turn away from every evil. That will be very good.

Lord, I know the life you have called me to live. You want me to turn away from every evil thought, word and deed. You want me to bless others with all I think, say and do. You want me to seek and maintain peace in all my relationships. This is what I will do. Amen

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