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I’ve been thinking about “the sneaky sins” – not the obvious ones. I’m talking about the ones described in 1 Peter 2.1-12 – the sins of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. (verse 1)

malice – intent to hurt someone with words or deeds, either because of a hostile impulsiveness or out of a deep-seated meanness

Get rid of it.

deceit – misrepresenting or concealing truth

Get rid of it.

hypocrisy – a desire not to be known for what really is

Get rid of it.

envy – a desire for some privilege or benefit that belongs to another with resentment that another has it and you don’t

Get rid of it.

slander – the desire for revenge and self-enhancement, often driven by the deeper desire to deflect attention from our own failings.

The apostle Peter was very clear – get rid of it all.

I’ve heard people refer to these sins as “little” but there is nothing little about them. They are signs of a crippled life – they are the root of a “me-pleasing-others hurting” mindset yet, they are deeply entrenched in our heart and difficult to call out. As our pastor once said,  “There are no deceit police or people looking for a malice moment in the church.” I agree. I know of no hypocrisy catchers. No one can see the envy that we hold onto so tightly and we seem to readily accept the slander that rolls off our tongue with ease.

Peter’s point is this: “craving pure spiritual milk so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (vs. 2) and being stuck in these sneaky sins (vs. 1) can not both flourish in the same heart. Desire to taste and enjoy God’s kindness cannot flourish in the same heart with malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.

God has the power, love and grace to help us desire what is good; not settle for sin that results in bondage.

These sins are so easily accepted – even celebrated – in our culture, yet they abruptly stop us from living freely. We get stuck and we can’t move.

I want to be deeply rooted in what is good and right and pure and powerful, no matter the cost, don’t you?

to move freely, one must be firmly rooted


  1. Do you agree that these are “sneaky sins?”
  2. Which one of these do you tend to gravitate towards more easily than others?
  3. Do you feel that these sins stop you from living the fullness of life? Why or why not?

speak truth: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness.  Colossians 1.6,7 NIV

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