1 Peter 4:7-17 NIV

7 The end of all things is near.1 Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled2 so that you can pray.

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8 Above all, love each other deeply,3 because love covers over a multitude of sins.4

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9 Offer hospitality5 to one another without grumbling.6

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10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,7 faithfully8 administering God's grace in its various forms.

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11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.9 If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides,10 so that in all things God may be praised11 through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.12

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Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering,13 as though something strange were happening to you.

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13 But rejoice14 that you participate in the sufferings of Christ,15 so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.16

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14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ,17 you are blessed,18 for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

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15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.19

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17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God;20 and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?21

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