Look Forward to the Blessing!

739ed76a7e4635f37b21e4bb66e9d19aIf you will love life and live good days, you must love the brotherhood and live the blessing. Then you can look forward to God’s blessing. What is the blessing of God? Peter wrote, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (1 Pet. 3:12). The blessing of God is the favor of God in your life! So if you love the brotherhood, if you respond to others with blessing, if you refrain your tongue from evil, the face of Yahweh shall shine upon you. To have the face of Yahweh shining upon you is to receive the favor of God upon your life.

Look again at v. 12—“the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous.” In this context, the righteous are those who keep their tongue from evil and do good and pursue peace. To see good days is to see God watching over you. The favor of God means the watchful, caring eyes of God.

What else? Peter wrote, “His ears are open to their prayers.” To see good days is to see God answer your prayers! The favor of God means God’s answers to your prayers! Here’s a surprising lesson for you and me: “God hears not only how we pray but how we speak to others.”[1] If you love the brotherhood and keep your tongue and heart from doing evil, God will answer your prayers!

[1] Pheme Perkins, First and Second Peter, James, and Jude (Int; ed. James L. Mays, Louisville: John Knox, 1995), 61.

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