Since Christ suffered while he was in his body, strengthen yourselves with the same way of thinking Christ had. The person who has suffered in the body is finished with sin.
Strengthen yourselves so that you will live here on earth doing what God wants, not the evil things people want.
In the past you wasted too much time doing what nonbelievers enjoy. You were guilty of sexual sins, evil desires, drunkenness, wild and drunken parties, and hateful idol worship.
Nonbelievers think it is strange that you do not do the many wild and wasteful things they do, so they insult you.
But they will have to explain this to God, who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
For this reason the Good News was preached to those who are now dead. Even though they were judged like all people, the Good News was preached to them so they could live in the spirit as God lives.
The time is near when all things will end. So think clearly and control yourselves so you will be able to pray.