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1 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. 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 Strengthen yourselves so that you will live here on earth doing what God wants, not the evil things people 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 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. 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 Nonbelievers think it is strange that you do not do the many wild and wasteful things they do, so they insult you. 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 But they will have to explain this to God, who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 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. 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 The time is near when all things will end. So think clearly and control yourselves so you will be able to pray. 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
8 Most importantly, love each other deeply, because love will cause many sins to be forgiven. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
9 Open your homes to each other, without complaining. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God's various gifts of grace. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
11 Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen. 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 My friends, do not be surprised at the terrible trouble which now comes to test you. Do not think that something strange is happening to you. 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
13 But be happy that you are sharing in Christ's sufferings so that you will be happy and full of joy when Christ comes again in glory. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
14 When people insult you because you follow Christ, you are blessed, because the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is with you. 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 Do not suffer for murder, theft, or any other crime, nor because you trouble other people. 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 you suffer because you are a Christian, do not be ashamed. Praise God because you wear that name. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
17 It is time for judgment to begin with God's family. And if that judging begins with us, what will happen to those people who do not obey the Good News of God? 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 it is very hard for a good person to be saved, the wicked person and the sinner will surely be lost!" 18 And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
19 So those who suffer as God wants should trust their souls to the faithful Creator as they continue to do what is right. 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.