My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
Proverbs 3:1-2 ESV
I’m a naturally forgetful person. My brother on the other hand has a good memory. I used to tease him that he was imagining memories that I had no recollection of! But when it comes to Biblical teaching, it’s important to remember what we learn from God.
We are encouraged here to take the commandments of Scripture to heart. In summary these are to love God and others. The new testament adds that we should love others as Christ has loved us.
If we live wise, good, loving, thoughtful lives; we’re likely to have longevity. As with most proverbs, this is a generalism rather than a hard and fast rule. Ultimately our hope is not to live seventy, eighty, a hundred years, but to have eternal life in the presence of our God and Saviour.
We’re also promised peace. We might live in a war torn country, but peace in our hearts is priceless. If we’re at peace with ourselves and our God, we’re likely, as far as it depends on us, to live at peace with others as well.
“King of heaven, we praise You for giving the Prince of Peace to dwell in our hearts by His Holy Spirit. May we live wise, good and thoughtful lives, for Your honour and praise, amen”