Part of my daily bible reading on Feb 14 was Psalm 34: 11-22. The version I am reading from is the New Living Translation and I love the way this portion of scripture read. Verse 12 asks, "does anyone want to live a long and prosperous life?" I can't imagine anyone answering "no" to that question. The remainder of the verses tell you how to do such and how much God esteems His children and protects them. I am a list maker so I composed a list from the scripture that tells us how to live a long and prosperous life:
1) Keep your tonque from speaking evil (verse 13) (I'm sure this includes gossip, slander, etc.)
2) Keep your lips from telling lies (verse 13)
3) Turn away from evil and do good (verse 14)...(this means literally running from those things we know for certain are evil and yes, those things we think may be evil as well).
4) Search for peace, and work to maintain it (verse 14)...(so peace will not come without work!
Isn't it amazing that God's Word, His Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, contain everything we need for day to day living!