Bible: 1 Peter 4:1-11

4:1 So, since Christ suffered 1  in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, 2  4:2 in that he spends the rest of his time 3  on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. 4:3 For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-Christians 4  desire. 5  You lived then 6  in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, 7  and wanton idolatries. 8  4:4 So 9  they are astonished 10  when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you. 11  4:5 They will face a reckoning before 12  Jesus Christ 13  who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. 4:6 Now it was for this very purpose 14  that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, 15  so that though 16  they were judged in the flesh 17  by human standards 18  they may live spiritually 19  by God’s standards. 20 

Service, Suffering, and Judgment

4:7 For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. 21  4:8 Above all keep 22  your love for one another fervent, 23  because love covers a multitude of sins. 24  4:9 Show hospitality 25  to one another without complaining. 4:10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another 26  as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 4:11 Whoever speaks, let it be with 27  God’s words. 28  Whoever serves, do so with the strength 29  that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong 30  the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

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