“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:1-3, NKJV)
First, we must take note that, as a preface to this passage, Peter declares that “the Word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25a, NKJV). Even when everything around us withers and falls away, the Word remains. It then becomes our standard by which we measure everything else, thus rooting our faith and confidence in its veracity and trustworthiness.
Second, it is impossible to grow spiritually without a healthy appetite for the Word of God. Just as a newborn craves milk every few hours, so must we hunger for the Word. When we are first born again through Christ, we taste the mighty and amazing grace of the Lord. In turn, this initial taste whets our appetite for more. The more we eat of His Word, the more we grow in the likeness of Christ, thus enabling us in “laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking” (v. 1).
Finally, as we continue to eat and grow daily in the mercy and grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, let us remember the declarations of David in the following psalms and savor the Word of the Lord with each and every day:
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV)
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103, LEB)