Good Stewards of God's Grace

41 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 .