One wise man gave this advice for achieving a well-lived life: He said, cultivate your mind; follow your purpose; master your total self—mind, body, and soul; live with discipline; respect your time because it’s precious; serve others selflessly—live to give; and live each day as if it were your last. Certainly, this philosophy is commendable. Now, compare this with what the Apostle Peter wrote (1 Peter, Chapter 3): After giving specific exhortations to wives and husbands, he says, “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will bless you for it. For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” Peter’s advice is trustworthy because it recognizes that love for God and love for people is the pathway for personal satisfaction.
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