And, "It is a stone that causes people to trip. It is a rock that makes them fall." #1(Isaiah 8:14)#2 They trip and fall because they do not obey the message. That is also what God planned for them.
But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are a people who belong to God. All of this is so that you can sing his praises. He brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Once you were not a people. But now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy. But now you have received mercy.
Dear friends, you are outsiders and strangers in this world. So I'm asking you not to give in to your sinful longings. They fight against your soul.
People who don't believe might say you are doing wrong. But lead good lives among them. Then they will see your good works. And they will give glory to God on the day he comes to judge.
Follow the lead of every human authority. Do it because the Lord wants you to. Obey the king. He is the highest authority.
Obey the governors. The king sends them to punish those who do wrong. He also sends them to praise those who do right.
By doing good you will put a stop to the talk of foolish people. They don't know what they are saying. God wants you to stop them.
Live like free people. But don't use your freedom to cover up evil. Live like people who serve God.
Show proper respect to everyone. Love the community of believers. Have respect for God. Honor the king.
Slaves, obey your masters with all the respect you should give them. Obey not only those who are good and kind. Obey also those who are not kind.