Day 5 Read: 1 Peter 2:1
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
Reflect: What does Peter instruct his readers to rid themselves of? Which of these did Jesus accuse the Pharisees of in Mark 12:14?
Consider: Repentance was called for: Therefore, rid yourselves. Peter then listed five sins of attitude and speech, which if harbored would drive wedges between believers. Malice (kakian) is wicked ill-will; deceit (dolon) is deliberate dishonesty; hypocrisy (hypokriseis), pretended piety and love; envy (phthonous), resentful discontent; and slander (katalalias), backbiting lies. None of these should have any place in those who are born again. Rather, in obedience to the Word, believers are to make decisive breaks with the past.5
Respond: Of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander, which is most difficult for you to control? What circumstances challenge you in that particular area? Write out a prayer of confession and then turn this area of your life over to God.
5 Roger M. Raymer, “1 Peter,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 844.