Longer life and peace is added to your life when doctrine is added to your soul. Doctrine is the food for your soul. It adds nourishment to your soul. At the point of salvation when you initially believed in Christ, your life was extended into eternity and with God. Before that your destiny was the second death and the fires of hell.
As you continue in your positive volition and study of doctrine, you grow up spiritually and add health and days to your life here on earth. Prior to this, God has predetermined how long you will live. With doctrine added, your life is extended. How much, we do not know, but enough for you to continue in your Bible study to a point where God is satisfied with your positive attitude.
Some might live a very short life and die of an accident, or some kind of organ failure. With doctrine you might still have that organ failure but it is postponed. We all have our weaknesses. Some more than others. One person might have a sugar imbalance, another might have a cancer of some kind, yet another might simply slip in the shower, and yet another might get caught in the cross fire of some lunatic in a public place. Just yesterday, the neighbor boy was working on his car and the jack failed, pinning him under the car. I was called to help and pulled him out from under the car. Emergency took him to the hospital via Life Flight helicopter. That accident was sudden and came without warning, on what was otherwise a very nice sunny day.
You may be living your life in the sunshine of prosperity. You may have a good education, an above average IQ, a good income, perhaps some wealth of some kind. Don’t go negative on doctrine. Your life can change instantly in an accident. A hospital bill can drive you into bankruptcy. All from the instant blink of an eye. A passive attitude toward doctrine is very dangerous.
Length of days, years of life, a peaceful life of prosperity, are all potentials, and only potentials until you get with a program of Bible study.
Verse 3, comes with further warnings. Don’t go negative. Do not relax in your Bible study. Possess doctrine as you would bind something of great value to you. Bind doctrine around your neck, as a slave would have iron clamped around his neck to prevent escape. So you should bind yourself to doctrine to prevent your escape from it, to insure your ongoing relationship with God. Write doctrine on your soul. Desire it, learn it, obey it, apply it to your life. You cannot remember that which you have never learned. You cannot learn that which you do not study. You cannot study that which you have no interest in. Attitude starts everything. A persons own desire and decisions can be his biggest enemy, or his greatest friend.
Once you grow up and possess doctrine you will find favor with God first, and fellow Christians second. Those who reject God will always be your enemy, because they are the enemies of God, and you are on Gods side. But there are many others who are on Gods side as well. Many people will see your good life, your good judgment, your stable mental attitude and poise. They will seek you out for counsel and will appreciate your advice, because you do not go beyond your advice and get involved in their private life. You just give them the information and make the options clear as well as the possible repercussions. You can’t make decisions for others. Children of course are another matter, but they have to be taught to think and make the right choices, because mom and dad won’t always be around in the critical moments.
Being in Gods good grace and favor is the ultimate position to be in. From God flows all life and blessing.