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

The word translated "tasted" here is the Greek word geuomai. There seems to be such an experiential sense in the word. Who among us have not experienced envy, hypocrisy or deceit. These leave a bad taste in us. Conversely, there are things that leave us with a sweet taste. Forgiveness, for example, is pure unadulterated sweetness for our soul.

This is why Peter instructs us to "crave pure spiritual milk". When we experience the Lord we grow. We become sweet with the love of God. We reject maliciousness, deceitfulness and all manner of hypocrisy. Paul seems echo this when he speaks us becoming "the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing."

Create in me a craving for your nourishment Lord. Help me to desire you that I might grow up in your salvation.

... this devotion is part of my series on the epistles of Peter and biblical words.

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