The First Key to Successful Living: Get Rid of All Malice
1 PETER 2:1- So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
This week I want to look at I Peter 2:1, which says, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind” (NIV translation) and learn 5 keys to successful living.
The first key to successful living is to “get rid of all malice.” Malice is not a word we use very often in today’s time, but most of us realize that its connotation is negative or bad. The dictionary defines malice as the “desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on someone else…”
A little later in 1 Peter 3:9, Peter tells us there is a different way to live. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called… (I Peter 3:9)
I know it is not easy, but being successful takes sacrifice and hard word. If someone sends some evil your way today, return the favor with blessing.
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D