Because of His grace I am many things that I would not have been otherwise. His grace has changed me; made me into who I am today. It has offered me things that I would have never had the opportunity to experience, save for Him.
Because of His grace I am redeemed and free. Because of His grace I have a living hope that never fades away. Because of His grace I have an inheritance reserved and waiting for me. Because of His grace I can greatly rejoice even in the midst of trials trying to bring me down. I have been handed multitudes of blessings because of His grace.
But if I was honest, I would admit that His grace could have done so much more in me, more than I have allowed it to do. But because of myself, I have not experienced the fullest measure of His grace. I stand in my own way.
1 Peter 2:1-3 reminds me that I need to put aside all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking and desire the Word of God. Have I put all of these things aside and pressed on to pursue the truth of God's Word? Have I allowed all He has done for me through His grace to cause me to lay aside all that hinders me? There are times when I can honestly say I have. But more often than not, I turn my eyes to myself and fall back into the trap of letting these things pull me back to where I used to be.
God's grace has given me new life. And because of His grace, I must put aside all that hinders. My desire should be none other than the truth of the Word of God. When I turn to focus on all God has done for me, I no longer have room to exhibit malice and deceit and hypocrisy and envy. I have nothing but room for God. He is all I want anyway. The rest of it is pointless.