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1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you are willing to suffer for Christ, you have decided to stop sinning. 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 And you won't spend the rest of your life chasing after evil desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 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 have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy -- their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols. 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 former friends are very surprised when you no longer join them in the wicked things they do, and they say evil things about 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 just remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both 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 That is why the Good News was preached even to those who have died -- so that although their bodies were punished with death, they could still live in the spirit as God does. 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 end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
11 Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power 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 Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were 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 Instead, be very glad -- because these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory when it is displayed to all the world. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
14 Be happy if you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God will come upon 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 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people's affairs. 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 it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his wonderful name! 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
17 For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin first among God's own children. And if even we Christians must be judged, what terrible fate awaits those who have never believed God's Good News? 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 And "If the righteous are barely saved, what chance will the godless and sinners have?" 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 are suffering according to God's will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you. 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.