Bible: 1 Peter 3:8-22
Suffering for Doing Good
3:8 Finally, all of you be harmonious, 1 sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. 3:9 Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless 2 others 3 because you were called to inherit a blessing. 3:10 For
the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep 4 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 5 upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 6
3:13 For 7 who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 3:14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer 8 for doing what is right, 9 you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them 10 or be shaken. 11 3:15 But set Christ 12 apart 13 as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 14 3:16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, 15 keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. 16 3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, 17 than for doing evil.3:18 18
Because Christ also suffered 19 once for sins,
the just for the unjust, 20
to bring you to God,
by being put to death in the flesh
3:20 after they were disobedient long ago 25 when God patiently waited 26 in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark 27 a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. 3:21 And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you 28 – not the washing off of physical dirt 29 but the pledge 30 of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 3:22 who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God 31 with angels and authorities and powers subject to him. 32