1 Peter 4:1-11 (Today's New International Version)

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Living for God

1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body,1 arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because those who have suffered in their bodies are done with sin.2 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires,3 but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past4 doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.5 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.6 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.7 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead,8 so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 7 The end of all things is near.9 Therefore be alert and of sober mind10 so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply,11 because love covers over a multitude of sins.12 9 Offer hospitality13 to one another without grumbling.14 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,15 as faithful16 stewards of God's grace in its various forms. 11 If you speak, you should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.17 If you serve, you should do so with the strength God provides,18 so that in all things God may be praised19 through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.20
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