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Weekly Bible Study - Series In 1 Peter
Study 8 -
1 Peter Ch 2:1-3

“Therefore rid yourselves of all malice, envy and all deceit, of every kind. Like new born babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
(1 Peter Ch 2: verses 1 to 3 New International Version).

Letting go and growing up

When I play golf I know there are 2 parts to my game, one is the physical side to do with the swing, the weather, the course etc and the other is to do with my mind and emotions. I spend a lot of time on the physical side of the game, but I need to develop more how to handle my mind and emotions. I am glad I am not the only one, as most also have to struggle with this. So much so one famous golfer once said golf is a game that is 100% mental.

There are 2 parts to most things in life, in our reading this week it is the letting go of things we know that are not good in order to allow the good things God has for us to develop.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and seek his forgiveness and follow him we have a battle on our hands. It is the old way of living verses the new, the old where we were ruled by our own instincts and the new when we come under the umbrella of new teaching and of growing up in the ways of the Lord.

Things like malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander are some of the things we are to get rid of in our lives. Using the analogy of getting undressed Peter reminds us of our need to discard them. We know even today how easy these things can take root in our lives. It doesn’t matter how long you have been following Jesus, the human nature within us always seeks to rob us of the good things that God has for us.

The good news is that when we embrace Jesus and follow him we have a new life to grow in and develop. Using the example of a new born baby who craves their mother’s milk, we are to feed on and grow in the new life God has given us. This new life is good and nourishing for us as God is good.

We know with babies it takes time to grow and so it is for us when we choose to follow Jesus. In fact we never stop growing, unlike others who seem to grow out of their faith and need for God. We need constant growth that comes from learning about our faith, being in fellowship with others of like mind and living this out every day. Even though our inheritance and salvation is secure through God, we are called to live and grow in our faith and hope.

These 2 things, letting go of things we know are wrong and craving for the good things of God is the challenge we face every day. I encourage you to never give up on doing these 2 things.

 Good Lord, help me to get rid of the things I know are bad and to grow in the good things you have prepared for all your people. Amen.


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