Why do you need a peaceful heart to have a long life? Check out Proverbs 14:30, “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.” Its pretty clear right? A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body. It doesn’t get better than that. So what does it take to have a peaceful heart? May I suggest a few:
1. Don’t making quarrelling a habit or a lifestyle. A quarrelsome attitude is really irritating and annoying. It is very stressful to live with someone who always quarrels, especially the one doing all the quarrelling. I can imagine the stress that this person goes through when quarrelling with people. Who are these quarrelsome people? Those who make a big deal out of small things. Those who, at the slightest signs of mistakes, would simply jump up and quarrel. That is why in the book of proverbs, it was siad quite a few time that it is better for a man to live in the attic, sit on the roof or go to the dessert than live with a quarrelsome wife.
2. Do not be highly critical of others. Admit it, you criticise people. How they walk, how they speak. What they wear or what they eat. There are people like that. They cannot stop criticising people. It is not a peaceful attitude. It actually invites conflict. People will shy away from you. They would not want to stay long with you, they might catch the spirit that is in you.
3. Do not be vengeful. Remember what the Bibles said in Romans 12:19, Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. When someone does wrong to you, it is normal to seek redress but you can leave it all to God right? March toward the path of peace, life is better there.
4. A peaceful heart let’s go. What do I mean by this? Anger, resentment and hatred is the complete opposite of a peaceful heart (duh!). Sometimes it is easier to dwell in these negative attitude than to forgive, and yes, forget. The road less travelled is a hard way to go to but it goes a long way to giving you a long, peaceful life.
Romans 12:18 says this, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”