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Updated January 13, 2019
"Following What Is Good"

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"Following What Is Good" (posted January 13, 2019)
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   Having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
   - 1 Peter 3:16-17

Do you know what a Christian is? A Christian is a person who is blessed and is sent out to be a blesser. You have been blessed of the Lord, and you are set in this scene to be a blesser, as Peter puts it here. You bless the person that is opposed to you. You are the reproduction of Christ in the scene out of which He has been cast. Do you want to see good days, if the Lord tarries? Refrain your tongue from evil.

Here I think we come to the actual talk of the lips and what its effect is on ourselves as well as on others. The Lord sees and hears all. "The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil" (1 Peter 3:12). The face of the Lord is as much against His own children, if they are doing evil, as it is against the children of the devil. Here he applies it in the practical walk of the Christian.

"And who is he that will harm you, if you are followers of what is good?" (verse 13). Observe the good things here. Good days follow that which is good, including a good conscience and good behavior.

If you are doing good (verse 11) and following good (verse 13), you will see good days (verse 10) and have a good conscience (verse 16). Then all the world will have to admit that yours is a good life. More than that, God will yet so work that they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conduct in Christ.

Walter T. P. Wolston

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