“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.  Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,  now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

When you have the real thing, the substitute begins to pale.  That is actually is important when sharing the things of the Lord with people.  It’s not enough to say “put down that snicker bar because it’s bad for you.”  You acutally have to give people something else worth holding onto.  “If you put the snicker bar down, here’s a glorious buffet where you can have anything in any amount.  Now what would you like?”
Here we find a similar thing.  When we have the real thing, the other stuff seems less desirable.  This is a text that almost would be better if written in opposite direction:  ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Crave spiritual milk so that you can grow and mature.  Get rid of all the substitutes and fillers now that you have the real deal.  I don’t want the mock meal, give me the real thing.
Memorized Aug 27, 2010