“10 For, THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.11 “HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.12 “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.”” (1Pet. 3:10 LSB) https://accordance.bible/link/read/LSB#1Pet._3:10
Today’s verses are from the first church’s hymn book, or doxology, or poem for teaching an illiterate people an easy to remember means for knowing, understanding, and applying the christian life. Peter in this reminder, commands the church of Jesus the King to speak no evil and do no evil but instead to do good and to pray. What is evil? Evil is not what society says for they call good evil and evil good. Evil is what God calls evil for He is the Judge and He will hold all people accountable to His definition and not to the popular opinion of people wherever they lived and in whatever time they lived. God’s definition of good and evil are found in His Word, recorded for us so that we are without excuse for doing what He forbids and not doing what He commands. It is our ignorance of His word because of our lack of application to our lives of daily reading, thinking, listening, studying, and discussing this word, that keeps us from doing what God commands and not doing what He forbids. God gives us His word, His Spirit and His church for providing us all we need to please Him. Our utilization of these gifts from God determines our effectiveness at the work of God and the building of His character in our lives. If we are regularly engaged in God’s word, serving and participating in God’s church, sharing Him and His gospel regularly with the world around us, we are obedient children who love God, are doing good, and are enjoyed by our Father in heaven.