February 5, 2024

1 Peter 2:1–3 (NKJV)

2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

In the beginning of 1Peter, the Apostle had spoken of Christians as “begotten by God the Father to a lively hope. Christians in the first century were not much different from Christian in the Twenty first century. Peter was writing to stir the church up to walk worthy of their high calling. Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:13 “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Peter was writing to stir the believers to walk worthy of the high calling of God. 1 Peter 1:16 says, “because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” When you accepted Christ as your savior your life changed. Your life moved from that of irreverence toward God and living a godless life to living a life dedicated to God.

We are to love one another with a pure heart fervently that is intense, and with passion, the passion of Christ. What is it we carry that dirty and soil our faith in Christ. What is it that we need to get rid of that keeps us from showing the true love of Christ. What evil is there lingering in our lives that keep us from exercising the love of Christ. There can be deep-seated feelings against a person or hatred that last or even long-lasting bitterness toward another person.

Anything that keeps us from showing the love of Christ must be removed from our lives. One way of doing this is devouring the pure milk of the word of God. How do we do this? We do so by personal daily Bible study, attending the churches worship service, being involved in discipleship classes in church, participating in Bible study (Sunday School) in church.

Christians do not have to go into the far away places to be a missionary. We have a multitude of people in our own neighborhood to share Christ with. As the song says, “It don’t come easy” …this is why we need the power of God’s Holy Spirit working in and through us.