Today’s Bible Journaling Scripture comes from 1 Peter 3:10-11, “For the one who wants to love life and to see good days, let Him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and let him turn away from evil and do what is good.” (CSB) The King James Version says this, “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: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
As we look closer at the Fruit of the Spirit, our verse today tells us what the result is of allowing that Fruit to be manifest in our lives. Peter encourages Believers who have been scattered all over the world, in how to live holy lives. He tells us that we can love life and see good days by speaking pure words. No lies or evil-speaking are to come from our lips.
When we show forth the Fruit of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23 CSB) we are showing the attributes of a life surrendered to Jesus. We are mirroring an image of Jesus to others. Following what Peter says, our speech is to be just like Jesus’, full of each of the Fruits listed above.
This can be a problem for many of us. Sometimes we can be angry, selfish, or cruel to others. But we must remember our goal is to act like Jesus and cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit. For those of us who need help, we can ask God to help us, because He is a God who gives His gifts liberally to His children when they ask.
Not only is our speech to show Jesus to others, but our actions are also to reflect the Lord Jesus Christ’s attributes to the world. Peter says we are to “turn away from evil and do what is good.” In our actions are patient, are we kind, do we show gentleness and self-control? Do we exhibit goodness and faithfulness? These are the things we are to cultivate in our lives so that we can live not only a good life but a holy life. We are to do those things that are pure and righteous in God’s sight.
The more we allow the Fruit of the Spirit to show out in our lives, the more we will be able to be a witness for the Lord. We can live pure, holy lives and we will find we are enjoying life the way God intended.