1 Peter 4 - Expect Attacks
You face daily war & attacks. The Bible's advice to defend yourself? Weaponize your mind.
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1 Peter 4 (ESV)
1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh,
arm yourselves with the same way of thinking,
for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh
no longer for human passions
but for the will of God.
3 For the time that is past suffices for doing
what the Gentiles want to do,
and lawless idolatry.
4 With respect to this
they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery,
and they malign you;
they will give account to him
who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For this is why the gospel
was preached even to those who are dead,
though judged in the flesh
the way people are,
they might live in the spirit
the way God does.
7 The end of all things is at hand;
and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
8 Above all,
keep loving one another earnestly,
since love covers a multitude of sins.
9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 As each has received a gift,
use it to serve one another,
as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
11 whoever speaks,
as one who speaks oracles of God;
as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—
in order that in everything
God may be glorified
through Jesus Christ.
forever and ever.
do not be surprised at the fiery trial
when it comes upon you to test you,
as though something strange were happening to you.
13 But rejoice
insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings,
that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ,
you are blessed,
because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
15 But let none of you suffer
as a murderer
or a thief
or an evildoer
or as a meddler.
16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian,
let him not be ashamed,
but let him glorify God in that name.
17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God;
and if it begins with us,
what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
let those who suffer
according to God’s will
entrust their souls to a faithful Creator
while doing good.
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