Malice, Deceit, Hypocrisy, Envy and Slander

1 Peter 2:1-3 NASB
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”

Malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. I can’t help but think that far too often we don’t take the mind and heart of God seriously. That we somehow think that it is alright for us to do what so many others do and that it doesn’t bother God. 

Verses 4-10 from this same Scripture read as follows:

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:
Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the very corner stone,”
and,
“A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nationa people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

The words that come out of our mouths do matter, the words that we author and disseminate to others also matters. We are supposed to be different. A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, who have been called out of darkness into His light, a people of God who have received mercy.

And yet, we think, that proliferating slander and displaying malice towards others is alright. How is that even possible? What is it that we don’t seem to grasp?

I know that we are called to fight against evil, but how is that done? Is it not, by NOT doing what the evil do? I know we are to speak truth where there are lies but how is that done? What is our truth that we ARE to speak about? Somewhere there is a dividing line, that we far too easily cross over into. 

Are we to judge those outside of the Church? The answer is no (1 Corinthians 5:12). Yet how many of us spend an inordinate amount of time doing this? Not only do some discuss it, many disseminate this information on social media every chance they get. Is there a shortage of sinful acts within our unsaved society, that we need to draw more attention to it? It’s not always what we identify as evil to others, it’s how we go about doing it. I have done this myself, this post refers.

Discussing or making a case for or against unorthodox theology or doctrine within the Church is not the same as discussing what is evil with those outside of the Church. Yet far too often we use the same approach for those outside of the Church, thinking that our logic, once heard, will automatically sway them to see the validity of our understanding. I’ve seen very little, if any, success with this approach, how about you?

I can’t help but think that we ought to think long and hard on how we interact with others, especially with those who are outside of the faith and consider in our hearts, what it is about us that makes us different?

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

13 comments

    • You’re not alone Steve, I’m thinking it happens to the best of us because it is so easy to do without thinking. Yet God’s Word shows us otherwise and Jesus displayed that unique ability to transcend that hinderance that we so often jump into. I lift you up daily brother. Blessings.

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  1. Hey, Papa Bruce! I agree with your post. While it is becoming increasingly more difficult to live peaceably with others, I am VERY sensitive to the fact that we are NOT called to judge the unbeliever. When believers criticize unbelievers for acting as unbelievers should be acting, we are the ones in the wrong, not them. Believers need to hold each other accountable so that we look like Christ not the world. Fascinating times we are living in, glad we are on this journey together! Love and blessings to you and Peggy!

    Ps: I have wondered this for a LONG time, are you a hockey fan?

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    • Hi Mandy, we used to follow hockey when we lived in Edmonton, Alberta, the home of the “Edmonton Oilers”, when they were winning the Stanley Cup, year after year, but not so much any more. Once in a while would be accurate now. There! Now you can tick that wondering question off of your list! Anything else? Say Hi to Nathan for me! Blessings to you and yours also.

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  2. Bruce, thanks for the discussion. There is a tendency by some believers to take an “us-against-them,” “circle the wagons,” bunker mentality” approach to the secular, unbelieving world. I started out as a new Christian in a fundamentalist church and that was very much the approach. We shouldn’t be surprised that unbelievers think and act like unbelievers. On the other other hand, the Bible does instruct us to mark and warn against false religious systems.

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