“He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.”
1 Peter 3:10, 11
Another step on the pathway to loving life and seeing good days is to turn from evil and do good. The idea behind the word “turn” is to reject with intensity the opportunities to do evil and rather do good. The context surrounds not returning evil to others who treat us badly, instead do good to them. Pray for them, bless them, do good to them, eulogize them is the idea behind Jesus words in Matthew 5:44.
The over-arching principle in Scripture would also point to turning from evil acts in and of themselves and obeying God. There are many blessings that accompany an obedient, holy life. One of them is living the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10. Another is the joy of loving life and seeing good days (1 Peter 3:10).
Mark Carr serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Chatsworth.