1 Peter 4:1-13

New Living Translation (New Testament)
Living for God

  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 have suffered physically
for Christ, you have finished with sin.  2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives
chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do 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.

 4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the
flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember
that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead.
6 That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead—so
although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in
the Spirit.[d]

 7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in
your prayers. 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for
love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a
meal or a place to stay.

 10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them
well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as
though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping
others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you
do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever
and ever! Amen.

Suffering for Being a Christian

  12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if
something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials
make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy
of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.