I am still on a high from all we learned yesterday. God has reminded me of so many truths I had taken for granted. I am his Child, I am CHOSEN, I am loved, I am a believer. I hope you are still feeling the warm fuzzies too. Today we are going to look at what are believers asked to do.
Right off the bat Peter tells us in the first verse of chapter 2 the answer to that question.
“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.” 1 Peter 2:1
those are some pretty strong words Peter is using. Words that are so ugly, but so common today.
Malice: desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out meanness, ill will, spite, spitefulness, animosity, enmity, malevolence, venom, hate, hatred, bitterness
Deceit: the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth. deception, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, cheating, trickery, deviousness, slyness, guile, bluff, lying, pretense, treachery
Hypocrisy: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. false virtue, cant, posturing, speciousness, empty talk, insincerity, falseness, deceit, dishonesty,
Envy: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. jealousy, covetousness; resentment, bitterness, discontent
Slander: the action of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation. defamation (of character), character assassination,malicious gossip, disparagement, denigration, traducement, lie, slur, smear, false accusation
Those are some very serious hurtful actions Peter is telling us NOT to be a part of. Have you heard these words before in the Bible? Try reading over the ten commandments, I bet you find most of them there.
“Dear friends, you are like foreigners and strangers in this world. I beg you to avoid the evil things your bodies want to do that fight against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11
We are living in a fallen sinful world. Our bodies are full of sin. We need to fight against that sin.
So I tell you: Live by following the Spirit. Then you will not do what your sinful selves want. Our sinful selves want what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against our sinful selves. The two are against each other, so you cannot do just what you please. But if the Spirit is leading you, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:16-18
What exactly is Peter referring to when he says “the evil things your bodies want to do”? Galatians 5:19-21 gives us a pretty clear descriptions of what those evil things look like.
The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, 20 worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, 21 feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God’s kingdom. Gal 5:19-21
Friends I encourage you to go before the Lord, pray, asking Him to show you where you are allowing your sinful desires to take over. Repent from those sins and ask for forgiveness. The Lord loves you and wants you to be pure and holy.
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