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Putting Aside All Malice

July 29, 2019

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Putting Aside All Malice

We’ve all experienced human nature.     When someone feels hurt  for whatever reason,  they want to take revenge.      Their reason for feeling hurt  doesn’t even need  to be legitimate,  so they still want  to take some sort of revenge  for an imagined put-down  or whatever.     But,  we have good reason  to stop being so feisty.

Peter talks about how God’s children need  to allow their lives  to be changed.     He mentions  how very short our lives are  and how vital it is for us  to live in obedience  to God’s truth  in Jesus Christ.     It is all because of the love of Christ  and the very shortness of our lives,  that Peter says  in 1 Peter 2:1-3,

Therefore,  putting aside all malice  and all guile  and hypocrisy  and envy  and all slander,  like newborn babes,  long for the pure milk  of the word,  that by it  you may grow  in respect to salvation,   if you have tasted  the kindness of the Lord.

When we realize  how very kind  the Lord has been to us  —  in condescending to take on human form  and suffer  and die for our sins  —  it behooves us  to let His love  change our way of living.      Instead of allowing   all sorts of sinful revenge  and bitterness rule our hearts,  we are to go to God’s word,  for the strength  and guidance  we need  in living a Godly life.

We are unable  to grow in faith,  hope,  and love,  if we do not ground ourselves  in “the pure milk  of the word”.      It is only when we allow God  to teach us  in His word  that we are enabled to  “grow in respect  to salvation”.      That would be to get stronger  and stronger  in God’s truths and faith  —  forgetting about our sinful desires  and allowing God  to work all things  for our good  in the end.

All this will take place,  “if you have tasted the kindness  of the Lord”.     To taste the kindness  of the Lord is to realize  that by faith  all of our sins truly have been forgiven  in Jesus Christ.     It is realizing what despicable sinners we are  —  and that Jesus has washed away all  of our filthiness,  making us fit and holy  for our heavenly home.     Being made fit and holy  in God’s eyes,  we put our whole hope  in the Lord  and His proven love.

Trusting God  to lead us through this life,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  in love  You allow trials  to come into our lives,  so as to refine us  and purify our faith.     Let us always lean  on Your word  for our strength  and guidance.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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