There is that word again THEREFORE…
So… All men who have attempted to disprove and discredit God's word are long gone. They have withered and fallen and yet God's word remains. Because this is where our hope is, because we are made new, regenerated "born again" we are told to get rid of a few things. Some more cleaning needs to be done.
We are told to rid ourselves of…
Malice – evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act injurious to others.
Deceit – the act or practice of deceiving; concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheating
Hypocrisy – a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
Envy – a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.
Slander – a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report
If we have truly been born again then these things should go by the way side. These qualities are not the qualities we should strive to hold on to as those who have been made new creations in Christ. Just because it has always been, does not mean it must continue. Look at JOhn 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." Answer me this question, Is having malice towards another loving? Is being deceitful loving? Is lying about who you are an act of love? Is envy and jealousy in human terms loving? Is speaking ill against another loving? Obviously, these are rhetorical questions. If we are shown to be followers of Christ by our love then we need to live our lives as such.
This is what I like about this. It tells us to rid ourselves of, to lay it aside, go away from, then it tells us where to go.
Now that we have been born again, like babies, we are to crave God and strive for God in the same way babies crave nourishment. If a baby is hungry for something everyone knows and they will make it known with all their actions. With the same intensity we are told to strive spiritual understanding, knowledge and wisdom. God, in the end, is the only thing that will satisfy this need we have in our souls.
What is the benefit of seeking this "spiritual milk," whether it be knowledge, relationship, wisdom, understanding? Just as milk for babies the benefit is growth, our benefit as Christians is growth in our relationship with God. Who wants to stay where they are? Do you want to be still and stay stagnant? Then I suggest never craving spiritual milk. But if you want to grow, if you want to mature, if you want to overcome then seek God with the intensity that a newborn seeks nourishment. Babies understand that this food is good and so they seek it. We to who have "tasted that the Lord is good" should seek Him.
Are you doing so?