Bible: I Peter 2:11-3:12
2:11 Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, 2:12 and maintain good conduct 1 among the non-Christians, 2 so that though 3 they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. 4
Submission to Authorities
2:13 Be subject to every human institution 5 for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme 2:14 or to governors as those he commissions 6 to punish wrongdoers and praise 7 those who do good. 2:15 For God wants you 8 to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 2:16 Live 9 as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 10 2:17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, 11 fear God, honor the king.
2:18 Slaves, 12 be subject 13 to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse. 2:19 For this finds God’s favor, 14 if because of conscience toward God 15 someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly. 2:20 For what credit is it if you sin and are mistreated and endure it? But if you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God. 16 2:21 For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps. 2:22 He 17 committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. 18 2:23 When he was maligned, he 19 did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened 20 no retaliation, 21 but committed himself to God 22 who judges justly. 2:24 He 23 himself bore our sins 24 in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning 25 and live for righteousness. By his 26 wounds 27 you were healed. 28 2:25 For you were going astray like sheep 29 but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Wives and Husbands
3:1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, 30 even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live, 31 3:2 when they see your pure and reverent conduct. 32 3:3 Let your 33 beauty 34 not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry 35 or fine clothes – 3:4 but the inner person 36 of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. 3:5 For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, 3:6 like Sarah who obeyed 37 Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children 38 when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so. 39 3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners 40 and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers. 41
Suffering for Doing Good
3:8 Finally, all of you be harmonious, 42 sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. 3:9 Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless 43 others 44 because you were called to inherit a blessing. 3:10 For
the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep 45 his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.
3:11 And he must turn away from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are 46 upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 47