February 20, 2013
1 Peter 2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander
To “put away” means to give up or to never do it again, maybe even to forget about it. Like when we are reorganizing our closets and you know the stuff that you want to keep but you don’t necessarily have a specific place for, so you end up sticking it up high on the corner of a shelf; that’s what I mean. Eventually we forget about it being up there; it’s still available for us to use if we think about it or see it again, but mostly it just sits collecting dust. Our bad habits of sin will never truly be gone till we reach Heaven, but we don’t have to pull them out and use them everyday! We can, and should, “put away” them on a shelf in the closet of our minds!