Psalm 28:3. Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts.
Malice is an interesting word. It is the intention or desire to do ill will. The root in the concordance denotes injury or harm. In this verse David is saying that some speak nicely but in their heart of hearts what they really desire is to see you in pain and suffering.
None of us likes to think of ourselves in this light. However, Titus 3:3 says that we all lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. Ouch! That hurts. But it is truth. Notice that malice and envy go together. Most times when malice arises it is because we want what someone else has or they have hurt us in some way. My immediate reaction would be, I want my pound of flesh! If I harbor this, that is, anchor it within me; I have malice in my heart.
Titus goes on to offer a solution to our depravity and that is the kindness and the love of God. By his mercy and grace he saved us through Jesus Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. You see as a Christian, the Holy Spirit is at work in us. He is working in us, transforming us and convicting us. When he does, he empowers us to forgive those who hurt us and rejoice with those who are blessed.
Prayer: "Father, I ask you to show me and forgive me for every place where I have held malice in my heart. Holy Spirit, renew my mind and pour out your grace into my heart. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen."