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1 Peter 2:1 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.
Peter paints a portrait of the holy life by telling us what to leave behind—ugly thoughts, manipulating behaviors, holding grudges, gossiping, condescending, meanness. And…resenting others for their good fortune.
The author of 1 Peter wouldn’t have said these things if we didn’t all need to hear them. We can cut ourselves some slack for not doing this business of relationships right every time, and we can show a little more compassion and patience with our mutual imperfections. We are holy because God has shown up in our hearts and lives, but the work of holiness is far from accomplished. Thanks be to God.
MOVING FORWARD: Consider using a home altar during the season of Advent. For ideas about how to assemble one, visit www.growchristians.org.