“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3
Have you ever had a craving for a meal or particular food item that just can’t be satisfied short of giving in and enjoying the thing you crave?
I would guess that we’ve all been there, I know I have. For me, it’s often a steak, Skyline Chili, shrimp, or just plain ice cream. There are times that I will go to great lengths to satisfy these cravings. I let nothing stand in the way of my obtaining that which I crave.
In the verses above, we are told to crave pure spiritual milk. Newborn babies crave milk in such a way that they simply will not be satisfied until they get it. No peace and contentment exists for them nor those around them until the milk is provided and consumed with great delight and enthusiasm.
So, are you craving the pure spiritual milk of the Word of God with this same intensity? Has your craving for the things of God caused you to rid your life of things that cause hurt and division among people? It is interesting that the list of things Peter tells us to get rid of in connection with our spiritual craving, are things that are most damaging in relationships with others. Malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander are all things that cause great hurt when harbored in individual lives and within the church.
The next time you crave that food item that you just can’t resist, think about how you’re doing in craving the things of God.