3:1-2 Long Life

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Proverbs 3:1,2.

Science confirms this proverb. A careful study made in 1999 by Robert A. Hummer et al showed that people who attend church or synagogue regularly more than once a week live longer—on average 7.5 years longer.

Part of this may be due to the fact that belief changes conduct. Changed conduct often leads to greater peace, financial prosperity, and self-control. John Wesley is said to have mourned over his new converts, lamenting that they would now prosper, giving up wicked and costly habits, and prosperity would make them grow cold toward God.

Life on earth may be lengthened by faith practices. Faith in Christ leads to far more than a few years longer on earth, however. It leads to eternal life. “Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life.”

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