I Peter 2:1 (NLT):
So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don't just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing.
Our human nature is to be selfish, deceitful and down-right nasty. We must be in constant prayer so we do not fall back into our old ways. It is a life-long battle, but boy is it worth fighting!
Lord, help me to get all the malicious behavior out of myself. I’m done pretending to be good. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!