1 Peter 2:2
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
One of the great ways to control what you do in the Christian walk is to control your desires. According to verse 1, there are several things the believer is to lay aside. You will never realize that greatness of God’s grace until you lay aside these terrible desires in verse 1. Let me share and explain what desires you are to lay aside and what they mean to your life.
First, you are to lay aside malice. Malice is the evil desire to get even with another person. As long as you desire to get even with others, you will never fully appreciate the grace of God. Having a vindictive spirit towards another person will squelch your appreciation of God’s grace. You cannot want others to be hurt and exercise God’s grace towards another person. Too many believers live with an attitude of malice towards those who have hurt them only to rob themselves of the riches of God’s grace. When you acquire the mindset and desire of God, you will desire to be gracious towards those who have done you wrong.
Second, you are to lay aside guile. There is nothing deceitful or devious about God’s grace. To live your life trying to deceive others is to live your life without enjoying the blessings of God’s grace. You can live life always having ulterior motives behind your actions, or you can lay guile aside and be a transparent believer who is honest with every action you perform. If you want to enjoy the benefits of God’s grace to its fullest, you are going to have to lay aside the deceitfulness and guile from your life.
Third, you are to lay aside hypocrisy. Living a life of duplicity keeps you from enjoying the grace of God. There is nothing hypocritical about the grace of God. The believer who wants to enjoy their walk with God must lay aside the fraudulent life and live an honest life by walking in the confines of the Scriptures all the time. You cannot live two lives and enjoy God’s grace. The easiest way to lay aside hypocrisy is to be sincere with all of your actions.
Fourth, you are to lay aside envy. Envy is being resentful of another because of something they have or have achieved. Let me ask you; is there someone in your life who you resent because they have something you don’t? Do you get upset when others do things you think you should be able to do? The envious believer reveals why they shouldn’t be used with their bad attitude when others are used to do what they want to do. You should rejoice when another person is being used instead of being envious. The envious believer is a prideful believer, and a prideful believer cannot influence others for right.
Fifth, you are to lay aside evil speakings. Envious believers talk bad about others whom they think are hindering them from doing what they believe they should be chosen to do. You will never be used to the extent that God wants to use you when you speak evil of others.
God makes it simple on how to stop these things by telling the believer to “lay aside” these bad qualities. The way you lay them aside is found in the verse above by changing your desires. The believer who desires God’s Word is the believer who won’t have these bad qualities. My friend, change your desires to desire God’s Word, and you will grow in your walk with God.