Malice – 1 Peter 2:1

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1 Peter 2:1
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

OK. This is a small verse, but if you think about it, there is a lot here. It all sounds simple and easy. Right? That’s how many of us read it. We just glance right over it. Well, let’s focus on the first item mentioned today. The Greek word for malice simply means evil. It’s interpreted by most as “malice” for meaning evil intentions. Now, most all of us would respond with “Well, I don’t have evil intentions.” And maybe you don’t. Right now. But what do you when someone cuts you off when you are driving? Hmmmm. What are your intentions then?

What if someone offends you on purpose? What are your intentions then? See how quickly the circumstances can change? And these are the attitudes we need to be working on. It’s easy to “work” on these attitudes when you don’t have them. Right? But when you’re in the midst of the emotion, well, it’s a different story.

Overcoming evil intentions always sounds easy when you’re not facing them at the moment. But when you’re facing them, you have to overcome them.

Let this be a focus in your time of meditation throughout the day. Until next time, Shalom.

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