New Beginnings!
Alan Kearns
by Alan Kearns
Published on December 31, 2022
Categories: Personal Growth

New Beginnings

By Alan Kearns

Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. 1 Peter 2:1-3 (NASB)

Life is full of beginnings; our experiences and skills all start somewhere. I began reading when I was ten due to being housebound because of illness. My love of words and writing truly began in my teens with reading an anthology of great British poets, experiencing what could be created with a few words on paper excited my imagination. The Christian life too, has a beginning. After hearing the Good News of Salvation and accepting Jesus as my Lord and Saviour I began a new journey in my life. Finding the Bible opened up a whole new realm for me to explore, with God the Holy Spirit as my guide. I remember being pointed to our scripture verse many years ago, it was sound advice which is still valid today.

Today’s verse has two distinct parts, the first part being the old life of sin that we must turn away from. And the second part is what we must do to grow as a Christian. We must “put aside” our sinful past as we would an old dirty coat, with no intention of putting it back on (Ephesians 4:22). In this New Life we give up our past sinful desires or afflictions. Yes, sin is an addictive affliction, which makes it harder to kick.

In our New Life we are called to approach it with the simple joy of a child, to seek the Word of God eagerly as a baby seeks milk. The reference to the Bible as “pure milk” refers to its purity and genuineness, an important point considering the amount of fake gospels being spouted in our world leading many astray. The word for milk in the verse is from the Greek word “logikos” meaning “spiritual milk.” His Word is really the source of all spiritual sustenance for Christians of any age.

Reading and consuming the Word of God daily will enrich your life. It will fertilize you, encouraging your roots to go deeper in the Word. Our growth in our Salvation will be upwards towards Heaven, moving further away from sin and the danger of Hell. If your salvation is true you will grow in your relationship with God.

Dear reader, keep seeking the sustenance of His Holy Word. Consume it daily in 2023; chew on it thoughtfully, washing it down with the Holy Spirit. In it you will taste the Kindness of Almighty God, the sacrifice of His Son at Calvary – the ultimate Kindness.

 Alan Kearns is a Christian father and grandfather from Scotland. He was raised in the mining villages of Fife and came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1984. A major influence that leads Alan to Jesus was his Christian mum, grandparents and an aunt. Alan writes regular devotionals in his blog Devotional Treasures


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  1. Bruce Coleman

    I am a living example of what you have written. My life didn’t change much when I came to Christ, until I began feeding daily on the pure spiritual milk of the word.

    • Alan Kearns

      Hi Brother Bruce, thank you for taking the time to read and share your comments. It is one thing to know the Way of Life, but unless we exercise it in our life we will make no progress in our Walk with Christ. May God continue to guide and bless you as you follow Him


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