If you are a Christian, scripture is a big part of your life. Not only does it serve as a foundation for your beliefs, it is a resource that you utilize for reference, reflection, and planning.
There are several ideals associated with living a good life. People hear about struggles and setbacks and oftentimes lose sight of the blessings in their life. In many cases, the obstacles, channel strength and perseverance that we didn’t know existed. Ideally, a Christian, would turn to scripture and be reminded that hard times are part of life and bring forth unimaginable blessings. Generally, our culture, identifies best with instant gratification; however, that is not the reality in most cases.
The keys to live a good life in the eyes of God can be found by doing the following.
Christians like to think they have more control than they do. However, the truth is, the Lord is in charge. Once we come to terms with the concept of letting go and walking the journey he has written, then living out the adventure becomes easier and more enjoyable. Ephesians 2:10 says it best, “For we are God’s handiwork, recreated in Christ Jesus that we may do those good works which God predestined for us, that we should walk in them.” Nonetheless, an individual is not truly following until they identify the control they never had.
Be HopefulProverbs 10:16 says, “If you live right, the reward is a good life; if you are evil, all you have is sin.” The daily grind can be detouring – especially if you are in the thick of a very difficult season. Each day it is important to reset, connect with the Lord and identify the things going right. Living a good life requires Christians to identify the goodness and positivity. Being optimistic and embracing the good with the bad, will create the hope you need to survive.
Pray For Others
Not praying for others is considered to be a sin. Samuel 12:23 states, “And as for me, I would never stop praying for you. If I stopped praying for you, I would be sinning against the Lord. I will continue to teach you the right way to live a good life.” It is important to always look for the best in people. While this can be discouraging, maintaining this outlook is a way Christians can live a good life without sin. Additionally, prayer is the main method of communication to God.
Wisdom is Learned Through Obedience
Doing good deeds for others and using the Lord’s wisdom is instrumental to living a good life. Proverbs 3:16-17 discusses this concept. “Wisdom gives: a long, good life, riches, honor, pleasure, peace.” Knowledge leads to wisdom. Therefore, studying scripture and assimilating the Lord’s words with experiences is a crucial way Christians learn and grow. Like Proverbs 19:8 says, “Grow a wise heart – you’ll do yourself a favor; keep a clear head – you’ll find a good life.”
Get Educated on Integrity
Use scripture to create a foundational structure for your life. As individuals, who have endured good and bad times, we assume that we know the correct way to live our life. We set standards which are mainly applicable to our own judgment versus the Bible – and ultimately what we’re learning as Christians in church. Living an integral life means abiding by the commandments and implementing those concepts and philosophies as our backbone. There are a number of scriptures that echo the concept of a life filled with integrity.
Deuteronomy 25:13-15 says, “In all your transactions you must use accurate scales and honest measurements, so that you will have a long good life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” And don’t forget Proverbs 1 1:1, “A false balance and unrighteous dealings are extremely offensive and shamefully sinful to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.”
Watch Your Words
Do you remember the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” I don’t like this saying because it’s not true. Words do hurt. The scars and bruises are not visible, but they are 100% there.
1 Peter 3:10 says, “If you want a happy, good life, keep control of your tongue, and guard your lips from telling lies.” Words are influential – they can be life changing for the good and bad. Ultimately, that means think before you speak. As a Christian, and child of God, it is important to understand the weight of your words. Choose your words wisely and think about the way you would like to receive the statement you’re going to make.
Sacrifice always leads to a good life. We are taught, through scripture, to sacrifice ideals and possessions within our life. Our Savior Jesus Christ sacrificed his son for the prosperity of others and wiped our sins away.
What is a good life according to the gospel? Our answer embodies these seven essential keys. One cannot work without the others. If a Christian breaks into one element, they must balance the others as well. No one will achieve a good life without understanding how to embrace a well-rounded mindset of all key points.
As you make your list and check off the ideals you must line through and/or embrace, remember your purpose and the God you serve. Understanding the full scope and maintaining an open mind will guarantee joy, prosperity, wisdom beyond your years, and fulfillment – which is a good life.