“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.” 1 Peter 2:1 ->me: These verses follow the command in verse 22 of chapter 1 to “love one another earnestly from a pure heart”. So, in order to love each other with a pure heart we must be free from all of the things listed here. All of these items have intent to hurt others. The word for ‘put away’ is most often used for taking off clothing. As I pondered these today, I caught myself saying, “I am not any of these…” but when I look at the deep heart of some of my behavior, I know that I am not free from any of these. Ugh. I have so much work to do and I need the help of the Holy Spirit to help me see these deep hidden ‘respectable sins’ so I can throw them off. Until I do, I will not be able to love earnestly.