1 Peter 2:1-3 – “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” NASU
What do I mean? Certainly not that literally we become babies nor emotionally. What I am speaking of is found here in these verses and should be carefully read, examined, evaluated, and adopted. Let’s consider what Peter tells us regarding spirituality.
- Things to PUT ASIDE.
All malice. All deceit. All hypocrisy. All envy. All slander.
Wow! What a list and one that even the most stalwart soldier of the Cross and seasoned veteran of spiritual things could use this refresher from time to time. Do we ever fall prey to the ugly demon of malice? What about deceit does it every raise its ugly head? Then there is hypocrisy, of course we are never guilty there or are we? Envy is one of the most dangerous and likely suspects in the kinks in our armor and then there is that diabolical little devil called slander does it ever surface even a little bit? If any of these are evidenced in any measure in our lives then my title and text are applicable.
- What We Should Do or PURSUE.
We should like newborn babes the sincere or pure milk of the word so that we may grow in our salvation and relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ and the kindness of the LORD! Our pursuit and hunger should be for the simple clear unabridged Word of God. We should long for it without the hindrance and obfuscation of the aforementioned vices or sins and character flaws.
It is drinking the pure milk of God’s Word that brings light and life to us. It is God’s Word that enables us to see clearly the path we are to walk. It is God’s Word that introduces us and exposes us to the life of holiness, purity, moral rightness, and eternal life. It is God’s word that gives us hope in a hopeless world and during hopeless times.
Therefore, we have two actions to take if we are to grow in Him and become men and women able to have the meat of the Word of God active in our lives. We must lay or put aside those things listed. We must pursue and desire the pure milk of God’s word and grow healthy and strong in our salvation and experience the kindness and love of our Eternal God and Father.
Blessings as you go through your day!