This morning I read through part of 1 Peter again, and I realized a connection I had missed previously.  The end of chapter 1 talks about loving one another deeply, from the heart.   Chapter two opens up with getting rid of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  It just dawned on me that all those words deal with relationships. We don’t get rid of all these things just so that we can be righteous, but because to do so opens up the door for us to love each other deeply.  There’s not much room for grace with each other when we give way to grumbling.