Love Life, Speak Life
1 Peter 3:10 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.”
One day, I was on the phone with my “Spiritual Big Brother,” and he shared with me what he had shared with his congregation. He told them, “Whatever is in your mouth is in your future.” The question I have for you today is, “What are you saying to your future?”
Too often, we speak the “present” to our future. In other words, we speak what is and not what should be. When things are going bad, we speak what is bad and not what God will and can do. We speak sickness, not healing, and problems, not promises. Yet, God gave us our mouths to change our circumstances, so we can get the desired results.
Now from our text, the desired results are (1) to love life and (2) to see good days. Of course, any person in his/her right mind yearns for these two things, and interestingly enough, the prerequisites for attaining them are not very hard to understand.
The first prerequisite is to refrain from speaking evil. You may ask, “Well, what is evil?” Evil is anything contrary to God’s word or will. So if God says, “You’re healed,” saying “I’m sick” is evil. If God says, “You’re rich,” saying “I’m broke” is evil. It’s not God’s will or pleasure for you to be financially challenged forever. We know this because Proverbs 10:22 states, “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” We should also know that it’s not God’s will or pleasure for His children to be sick because Psalms 103:3 tells us that it’s the Lord who healeth all thy diseases.
The second key to loving life and seeing good days is to speak no guile or deceit. In other words, don’t speak any words you’ve been “deceived” or “tricked” into speaking. If we go back to the previous paragraph, we can see examples of those things we have been tricked into saying by the enemy of our destiny. Even saying things like “this will never work out” or “will this ever end” will hinder you because your words do actually frame your world. Changing what you say will and can change what you have!
If trials are all around you now, then it’s time to speak triumph. If you’ve been overwhelmed by challenges, then it’s time to speak change. To love life, you need to speak life, and by speaking life, you will unlock the good days God has ordained for you to see.