Monday 16 April, 2018

1 Peter 2:1-3

2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Now that you have tasted that the Lord is good

Peter’s call to a life of holiness, one that puts away the traits of this world – deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, unkind speech and all evil behaviour – flows from an encounter with the kindness and goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Peter urges them to crave spiritual milk, not only because it’s good for us in growing in spiritual maturity, but also it’s not natural to crave spiritual milk.

He encourages us to crave it, because left to ourselves we won’t. Our natural desire is for the things of this world.

Yet our response to an encounter with God is to leave behind the old ways. In fact, the only time that I have ever wanted to change my ways is when I am in the presence of God. It is there that the Holy Spirit convicts me of things that I need to change and creates in me a desire to change.

When someone else tells me that I need to change, my first response is to resist it, that is my natural desire. But when I encounter God, when I taste that He is good, that is when I desire to change.

It is for this reason that I need to make time in His presence a priority.

Father, I know that you are good, you have always been good and you always will be good to me. Holy Spirit, make me more like Christ each day.

Written by Andrew Martin

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