1 Peter 2:1-3 Put Away and Long For…
“So put away all malice and all deciet and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
…”put away…long for…” these are both proactive commands on our part. There is a turning away from one lifestyle to another. “The old is gone, the new has come” and along with that is the power and ability to put away evil and long for Jesus. Choices. Daily choices.
The longing for pure spiritual milk is now a part of our new DNA. Before Christ’s drawing and the Holy Spirits indwelling there is no longing for pure spiritual milk. Only regeneration produces this longing.
Just as the old malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander were part of me from birth, now the longing for spiritual things is part of me through being born again, my new birth.
As I actively put away and long for I will grow up into salvation. The long for is evidence that indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Have we tasted and now long for more?
Prayer: I want more and more of you, Lord God my Father. More and more of your goodness, your glory, your holiness to wash over me and drive out any residue of my old nature.