In chapter one, Peter encourages us to remain holy in the midst of trials. He reminds us to live in the light of our future hope in Christ. Being mindful of such things, God’s children find their present joy in brotherly love and faithful obedience to God. As we approach chapter two, Peter directs our attention to that which empowers brotherly love and faithful obedience –the word of God.
As God’s children we have an uncommon diet –we don’t live by bread alone. We require spiritual sustenance. This spiritual food, which is graciously given by God in the form of His word, is craved for by His children who have tasted His goodness and therefore have the strength and fortitude to put away those things which destroy brotherly love and faithful obedience –malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander.