What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalms 34:12-14)
Today's Morsel: If you could choose how long you could live, how many years would you choose? Scripture says, "And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died"(Genesis 5:21-27). These men lived what we would call a long and good life. But the psalmist also tells us how we too can have a long and good life. He said, "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it." "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof", Solomon said (Proverbs 18:21). We must remember that James tells us that, "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell" (James 3:5-6). The ball for long life is in our court and it begins with our words.
Sing: Welcome Holy Spirit, we are in your presence, come fill us with your power, live inside of me!
Thought for Today: A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver (Proverbs 25:11).