Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. (1 Peter 1:17–23, 2:1, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What is the best way to “live [our] lives as strangers here?” How about ridding ourselves “of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind?”
- Malice – The intention or desire to do evil; ill will. We are a new creation. How could we possibly have these intentions or desires?
- Deceit – Concealing or misrepresenting the truth. We are witnesses to the truth. Why would we conceal or misrepresent it?
- Hypocrisy – Claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense. The old self has been crucified. Why would there be any need for pretense or or inconsistent behavior?
- Envy – A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. We have eternal life and have laid up treasures in Heaven. What doe this world have to offer that would cause discontent or arouse resentful longing for worldly things?
- Slander – Making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation. Those who are not in Christ are damaged enough. How could, and why would, we want to cause any further damage?
These are not things to control or reduce. We are called “to rid (to be free from) ourselves of all (totally)” such things. But it is a process. Something, that once we are born again (“now that [we] have purified [ourselves] by obeying the truth”), we “grow up in.” The “therefore” is what we’re here for.
My Advice – So how are we doing, collectively as a Church and individually as its members? Are we continuing to “rid ourselves” of the “way we were,” or are we remaining as infants? We need to “grow up.“
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called. (1 Peter 3:8–9, NIV 1984).