1Pet. 2:1 ¶ So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
1Pet. 2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—
1Pet. 2:3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Peter is making a major appeal to Christians in this passage to consecrate themselves to the Lord. He makes quite a demand; put off malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. Next He says to long for the pure milk of the Lord that we may grow. This reminds me of the famous quote of Augustine. He said ‘command what you will but give what you command” Wow! Could that really be true? The Lord places high demands on His people but then the miracle happens; He gives what He commands. He actually lives in us and empowers us to complete our assignments. This is how it works; the Lord places a requirement on us and then, He actually steps in to fulfill the very command that He gave to us. Peter is describing our Christian life as putting off, like a garment; malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. These are just the descriptions of what bubbles out of our lives when we are in a carnal state. When we follow Peter’s advice and feast on the word, Christ intervenes and His life flows out of us. Rather than malice we have kindness, honesty replaces deceit, genuineness replaces hypocrisy, rather than envious we are generous, and slander is replaced with lips of grace.
Peter is explaining to us the beauty, simplicity, and joy of the consecrated life. Like an infant longs for his mother’s milk, we long for the milk of the Word. It is not our obligation but our joy to drink in His word.
Peter also talked about tasting the goodness of the Lord. This analogy is another example of the natural pleasures of life that extend to our spiritual life. Eating good food is one of the pleasures of life. Each food has its own unique taste. In the same way, tasting of the goodness of the Lord is part of our daily spiritual routine. It is not a burden but our delight to come to the table of the Lord. We can easily put off the old life if we have this enjoyable replacement. Start your day off with a gospel feast, it will be a lot easier to get control of your actions and your tongue.