1 Peter 2:12 Live A Good Life

 

Accused

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12

When a person is watching the news, it can be seen that people are always accusing others of doing something wrong. Many times it is an accusation that goes back several, to many years. Millions of dollars are spent every year to pay lawyers and courts to prove that someone had done something wrong, or to defend a person that something was not done wrong.

These accusations show up in personal lives, the political realm, the public realm, entertainment industry, churches and more. There is no area of life that is not touched by accusations in this world.

The accusations are that someone has stolen, injured, abused, cheated, lied, hated, harmed or more, someone or something. Some of the people are found guilty, while others are not found guilty of the wrong doing.

There have been believers who have been accused of wrong doing. Some have been proven innocent, while others have been found guilty.

Since there are accusations in the world against other non-believers, there will be accusations against believers. Satan is an accuser and wants to blame someone, right or wrong, of doing wrong.

Peter tells the believers that they should live a good life. One that is so good, that when a person is accused, the world cannot find any proof of doing wrong.

Living a life this way, is living the same way that Jesus lived. They were unable to prove anything wrong in His life, though they tried.

Some believers have done much harm in how they spoke or acted towards the people of this world. They are guilty of treating people wrong.

The one who lives for God and does as Jesus did, will not be proven guilty of wrong doing.  His words and actions will be proven as good.

Take a look at your life and see how you act and speak around those who are not believers. Look at how you act and speak when in private. Will the courts be able to prove you did something wrong against God? Or will they find that you are truly living the way Jesus lived and are living a pure life of love?

Live your life in a way they cannot prove any wrong in it.

I pray today that you will know how Jesus lived; that God will guide you to live as Jesus did; that you will live a pure and holy life before all people; and that your life will be a witness of who Jesus is. 

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James 3:13 How To Show You Are Wise And Understanding

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13

Wisdom and understanding go together. A wise person knows the truth, the rules, and the situation and, then, knows how to apply all of those things correctly in the best way possible. People get amazed at a person who is wise and understanding, because most people cannot do both of those things.

James states that a person can show their wisdom and understanding by what they do in life. Wisdom is not just sitting up on a mountain top contemplating the complexities of life. One cannot be wise if he is not in the center of life and he definitely cannot be understanding.

Being wise and understanding is knowing God’s truths and applying them in life to other people. You can see someone in a need and God can give you the best wisdom on how to meet that need. Their need may not be just giving of money, but maybe training or a helping hand in some way. God will reveal the best way to help.

Then, when you do help, it must be done with humility. There are many people in the world who provide a lot of help for people in need, but put on a great show about how much they have done. They are proud of what they have done and want everyone to know.

God loves a humble heart. Your good deeds are just being wise with what God has shown you to do. It is just passing on some of what Jesus has done for you to someone else in need.

God has given you all of His wisdom for your use when you need it. Are you seeking His wisdom in your life?

Now are you applying that wisdom in being a servant to others as Jesus was a servant?

Do not just hoard your wisdom to yourself or show off that wisdom to be looked up to. Use it to help meet the needs of others and spread the gospel message of the love of Jesus for every person.

I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that God will give you understanding of the needs of others; that God will give you strength to help others out; and that God will build His kingdom through you.