1 Peter 4 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Since Jesus went through everything you're going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. 1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
2 Then you'll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want. 2 As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
3 You've already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it's time to be done with it for good. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
4 Of course, your old friends don't understand why you don't join in with the old gang anymore. But you don't have to give an account to them. 4 They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.
5 They're the ones who will be called on the carpet - and before God himself. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 Listen to the Message. It was preached to those believers who are now dead, and yet even though they died (just as all people must), they will still get in on the life that God has given in Jesus. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7 Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
8 Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
9 Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless - cheerfully. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
11 if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything - encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
13 Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
14 If you're abused because of Christ, count yourself fortunate. It's the Spirit of God and his glory in you that brought you to the notice of others. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15 If they're on you because you broke the law or disturbed the peace, that's a different matter. 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 But if it's because you're a Christian, don't give it a second thought. Be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name! 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
17 It's judgment time for Christians. We're first in line. If it starts with us, think what it's going to be like for those who refuse God's Message! 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 If good people barely make it, What's in store for the bad? 18 And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
19 So if you find life difficult because you're doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he's doing, and he'll keep on doing it. 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.