God never promised his children an easy road. Our Lord told us that we would have troubles in this life. We are constantly at war with Satan, the world system, and our unregenerated human flesh. The consequences of our personal sin, and the sin of others, also causes issues. However, the word of God tells us that we can still have a good life. A good life is not one that is free from troubles. A good life is a life where the peace of God is our constant companion, and the purposes that God has for us are fulfilled. A good life is a life that God uses to advance his kingdom. A good life consists of much answered prayer, and God’s power consistently manifests. Our lives may not be easy, but we can still have a good life if we live according to God’s word. A good life is determined by our conduct.
“People who want to live a full life and enjoy good days must keep their tongues from saying evil things, and their lips from speaking deceitful things. They must turn away from evil and do good. They must seek peace and pursue it. The Lord’s eyes are on those who do what he approves. His ears hear their prayer. The Lord confronts those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:10-12, GW). Christians must avoid destructive and corrupt speech. This includes cursing, lying, and gossip. What comes out of our mouths should bring glory to God. Our words should not be used to tear others down, our words should bring life and hope. Also, Believers must avoid negative talk, words and attitudes that magnify a problem or issue instead of glorifying God. The scriptures tell us to avoid evil. Our conduct must reflect the life of Christ. We must not seek to do wrong; Christians must pursue what is good. People who seek or promote turmoil are not living as followers of Christ. God’s children should be peace makers and not hell-raisers. When Believers live according to these commands, God is eager to respond to their prayers. All that God gives us is because of his grace, but our fellowship with God is hindered when we live in consistent disobedience to his word. 1 Peter 3:10-12 is a brief template of that it takes to have a good life. A good life is one where the Believer seeks God’s will.
“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth” (Proverbs 3:5-6). God must be included in all of our plans. We must never attempt a major undertaking without first consulting with our Father. And, we must “acknowledge” that God is directing us in all of our ways. If we leave God out, and make plans on our own, our efforts may be unfruitful. And what we are attempting can cause us a lor of grief. A good life is one that is directed by God. God’s children must understand that our level of knowledge and wisdom are not on the Lord’s level. We must trust God even when it does not make sense. When we “invite” God to direct our goals, and follow his instructions, we will see success and live a good life. A good life is one that is focused on God’s kingdom.
” But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also” (Matthew 6:33, AMP). Christians need to live their lives primarily to advance God’s kingdom. Our Lord gave up much to come into the world to save us. We must have the same mindset, the desire to dedicate ourselves to a cause that is greater than ourselves. When we focus on God’s agenda, God will take care of our needs. Being self-centered is counterproductive to living the good life. Being about God’s business brings God’s power on the scene. When we act as agents of God’s kingdom, we are backed by heaven’s power and authority because our purposes line up with God’s divine agenda.
Living according to God’s word gives us a good life. God does not want his children to live in constant defeat. The Christian who lives a good life will bear fruit that has eternal consequences. We will have trials and tribulations, but the power and provision of God will be present to comfort and support us.