1 Peter 2:1-3 International Standard Version
“…rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander. Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation. Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good!
New mothers feed their babies milk because it has the nutrients their little bodies need to grow. It is a natural instinct for newborn babies to crave it. Likewise, baby Christians need the spiritual milk of God’s word to grow and mature as a follower of Christ. Their craving for spiritual nourishment is important. You must want to grow and then go about seeking ways to obtain that growth. Having the desire yet not following thru to attain your goal is time wasted.
While some translations simply say to avoid evil behavior, this translation gets more specific. These are traits that we cannot control on our own and are not emblematic of a disciple of Jesus. It is when we submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit that the spiritual maturation period will begin. It’s a constant growing process that shouldn’t stop until we leave this earth. Our Christian walk will experience ebbs and flows, inclines and plateaus. It is during times when we reach a spiritual plateau that we can catch our figurative breath. In all things that transpire in our lives we will find a lesson to be learn, but we must be paying attention for it to show itself. Learn your lessons well so as not to continue to encounter the same types of lessons over and over.
The goodness Peter is speaking of is the salvation that has been paid for on our behalf by Jesus Christ. To say that the Lord is good because he paid the proverbial debt we owed but could not pay is a massive understatement. It’s news that is worthy to be shouted from the rooftops. It’s news that is so wonderful that words could never describe it. One must experience the redemptive work of Christ to know what it feels like. The weight of all our sin is lifted and will never be held against us ever again. What a wonderful blessing! Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The International Standard Translation & The Life Application Study Bible.