10 For, “The one who desires life, to love and see good days, Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. 11 “He must turn away from evil and do good; He must seek peace and pursue it. 12 “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 13 Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 1 Peter 3:10-13
There’s a whole lot of comfort in verses 10-13 for those who have consistently done right. Doing so puts you way out there, in clear contrast to the world. Being isolated, it is very possible to be tormented by self-doubt. Even a man as great as John the Baptist lost his focus, languishing in jail. Remember he was there having been wrongly accused. It would be terrible if the Lord could not see our plight, and hear our prayers. But his eyes are on us, and he is “into” our prayers, i.e. right there amongst them. But his face is also upon those who do evil, but with vengeance. Those proven zealous for good are held harmless. Those who have sold out to God with their lips, doing good and pursuing peace, will experience life, love, and good days. But they “must” keep their behavior excellent (1 Peter 2:12).
You’re always succesful at putting these tough passages into perspective!
Zeal for the Lord should be the main objective of every single believer, at all times. Practical Religion is a book that really puts this zeal in perspective.