Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
1 Peter 2:1-3 (NIV)
Here, in these 3 verses, we see the central place of pleasure in spiritually healthy living.
Verse 1 – Rid yourself of cravings (longings for pleasure) that are destructive. These craving are the longings of the human heart, that are seeking pleasure in the wrong place and by the wrong means. We could call this misaligned pleasure seeking.
Verse 2 – However, don’t read verse 1 as a call to live craving-less lives (bland, boring or beige), rather fill up your life with a strong and robust craving for spiritual milk (a metaphor describing the gospel).
Verse 3 – In verse 3, we are shown what will give you and I the power to exchange verse 1 type cravings for new (verse 2) cravings? The answer is very simple, when you’ve already tasted the pleasure of God, you know that he outstrips any temporary / earthly pleasure!