Therefore, lay aside…
How often it is that the things we cling to as a means of survival, are actually pulling us beneath the waves.
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings”
Laying aside all “badness,” that is, all depravity, all malignity, (the one, the root. The other, the fruit.)
Yeah, I get that there’s no life there. And we have more of both than we’d like to admit.
But the rest? These really hit close to home.
And all pretentions, all comparisons… (guile, hypocrisies, envies, evil speakings)
All omissions from the truth, pretending you aren’t what you are.
All additions to the truth, pretending you are what you aren’t.
All “envies”, as though you should be what someone else is.
All slanders, as though someone else should be what you are…
In short, any living for, or looking to, anybody except Him, is a snare.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”