I Peter 3:8-12: â€œTo sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.Â For the one who desires life, to love and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.Â He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.Â For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.â€Â NASB
This Scripture is a good place to start as we desire to live a life that is a good witness.Â As Christians, we must want to follow the command to witness.Â Where better to go for instructions than the Bible, Godâ€™s Word?
Good habits require training and repetition.Â It helps if we have a capable teacher and works best if we desire the good habits.Â It takes more than learning about the good habits; we need to practice the habit. We must evaluate our efforts and then try to do better the next time.
Verse 10 is a good place for special emphasis: â€œFor the one who desires life, to love and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.â€Â Do you expect this to be easy?Â James 3:6: â€œBut no man can tame the tongue.Â It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.â€Â You and I will need the help of the Holy Spirit to control our tongues.Â We need to have the right heart!Â Jesus said in Matthew 12:34b-35:â€For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.Â A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil things.â€
Recall the old chorus: Into my heart, Into my heart, Come into my heart, Lord Jesus
Come in today, Come in to stay.Â Come into my heart, Lord Jesus
Let this be our prayer for a heart with an abundance of good things. When Jesus is firmly in our heart, the tongue will be controlled by the Holy Spirit.