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.

1 Pet 3:10-11

Who does not love to see good days? I personally love to have all my days as good as they can be and desire the same for my family and friends.

 We hear and see on social media people wishing us “Have a good day”. I receive almost every single day messages like “Good morning, have a great day!” with a text from the Bible. However, I have never received a good day greeting or quote referencing the above text.  

 There are two things every person desiring to see good days must do according to the above passage. The first thing is to not use our tongue for speaking evil and deceit (hurtful, insulting, disrespectful and lying words). The second thing is about doing good and seeking peace.  Notice that there is emphasis given on our speech and actions (behavior or conduct).

 The word of God indicates that our speech and actions are primarily driven by our heart. Our usage of our tongue and the way we behave is greatly dependent on our heart. In Luke 6:45, Jesus said: The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Similarly, Proverbs 23:7 says “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

No wonder the word of God exhorts us in Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”.

Our heart is the place where thoughts, affections, motives, will, desires, imaginations and ambitions take birth. And these will be manifested externally through our words and actions. I can’t emphasize enough on the importance that the scriptures give on the subject of good and evil heart. There are more than 150 times that the New Testament mentions about the heart. The parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23) in which the soil represents the condition of a person’s heart, the teaching on what defiles or makes a person unclean (Mark 7:14-25), the sermon the mount (Matthew 5, 6 & 7 chapters) are just a few examples.

I am sure when we use our tongues (influenced by a good heart that is regenerated by God’s word) every day to speak kindly, graciously, gently and sometimes firmly and refrain it from gossip and deceit; and do good, we will see good days. This is the practical righteousness to which the Lord has called us. And His eyes will be upon you and His ears will be open to your prayers when you walk righteously before Him (1 Peter 3:12).

Therefore, let us guard our hearts with all diligence and continuously fill it with God’s word so that no evil comes from our mouth and in all our behavior we always do good and live at peace with one another.

May the Lord help us to see good days ahead!