1 Peter 4 New American Standard Bible

Good Stewards of God's Grace

4 1  Therefore , since Christ has suffered in the flesh , arm yourselves also with the same purpose , because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin , 2  so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men , but for the will of God . 3  For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles , having pursued a course of sensuality , lusts , drunkenness , carousing , drinking parties and abominable idolatries .

4  In all this , they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation , and they malign you; 5  but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead . 6  For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead , that though they are judged in the flesh as men , they may live in the spirit according to the will of God .

7  The end of all things is near ; therefore , be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer . 8  Above all , keep fervent in your love for one another , because love covers a multitude of sins . 9  Be hospitable to one another without complaint . 10  As each one has received a special gift , employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God . 11  Whoever e speaks , is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God ; whoever e serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies ; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ , to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever . Amen .

Suffering as a Christian

12  Beloved , do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing , as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13  but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ , keep on rejoicing , so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation . 14  If you are reviled for the name of Christ , you are blessed , because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15  Make sure that none e of you suffers as a murderer , or thief , or evildoer , or a troublesome meddler ; 16  but if anyone suffers as a Christian , he is not to be ashamed , but is to glorify God in this name . 17  For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God ; and if it begins with us first , what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God ? 18  AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED , WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER ? 19  Therefore , those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right .

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