1 Peter 2:1–2(ESV) — 1 “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.”

Peter wrote previously thatour new life in Christ should result in genuine love for other believers. Genuine love involves changing the way we think and act toward others. We are to “put away” certain negative character traits. Peter identifies the following traits:

  • Malice – An internal desire to injure someone else.
  • Deceit – The behavior of craftiness and guile.
  • Hypocrisy – In the Greek culture, a hypocrite was someone who was like an actor on the stage. They assumed the mannerisms and character of someone else.
  • Envy – Desiring something that belongs to someone else.
  • Slander – Hurting someone else’s reputation by telling lies about them.

What is God speaking to you about today? What character trait do you need to put away? Perhaps, confession is needed this morning. Bring your sins to God, and then join the church family to worship with a clear conscience.

“Father God, I realize that I am struggling with ___________________ (negative character trait). I confess this sin to You. I pray that I might be more like Christ. In His name, amen.”