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Get Rid of These Things By Faith

October 5, 2022

1 Peter 2:1-3


Take Time to Pray


Psalm 34:17-18


17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;

He delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.


Examine


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


malice - desire to do evil to others


Notice


God

  • God is good.

  • God is our Savior.

  • God wants us to mature in our faith.

  • God wants us to avoid malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander - things that are detrimental to our faith (May 17, 2023)

Lesson

  • List of things to get rid of: malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, slander.

  • We can only clear out the bad stuff with God's help.

  • We start our faith journey as infants no matter how old we are.

Do


Question

  • How am I carrying each of these (malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander)?

Response

  • malice - I can't imagine wanting to do evil to someone, but I am certain there are times when I have wanted revenge and such. Evil is such a strong word in the human language that being accused of it is hard to take. However, that is what we are without Jesus' saving grace. (May 17, 2023)

  • deceit - Lies, mistruths, little while lies. And they can fall off of my tongue so easily.

  • hypocrisy - My critical thinking (and sometimes speaking) of people.

  • envy - I carry way too much envy for someone who is to be content with what God has given me - and He has given me so much.

  • slander - Speaking ill of people, especially the people I love the most.

  • I have added this as a daily prayer of asking God to help me remove these things from my life: "Help me to put aside malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander." And each day I list one item that I have done or thought that fits each category. It is an eye-opening experience each day to remind myself of how very far I have to go, and how very much I have to thank Jesus for each day for saving me from myself. (May 17, 2023)


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