God’s Love Covers a Multitude of Sins
1 Peter 4:1-9
(1) Therefore, since Jesus Christ suffered in his body, prepare yourselves also with the same attitude (way of thinking), because whoever suffers in the body is finished with sin. (2) As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for sinful human desires, but for God’s will. (3) For you have spent enough time in the past doing what unbelievers choose to do—living in moral recklessness, sexual lust, drunkenness, sexual orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. (4) Unbelievers are surprised (regard you as strange) that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and so they heap insults on you. (5) But they will have to give an account of their lives to God who is ready to judge the living and the dead. (6) For this is the reason that the gospel (good news) message was proclaimed even to those who are now spiritually dead, 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 (at hand). Therefore be alert and clear-minded so that you can pray. (8) Above all, love each other deeply from the heart, because love covers a multitude of sins. (9) Show hospitality to one another without complaining.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Peter 4:10-11 (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:7-13)
(10) Each of you should use whatever spiritual gift you have received from God to minister to others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its diverse expressions. (11) Those who speak should do so as those who speak the very words of God. Those who serve should serve with the strength God provides, so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. To God be the majestic glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen (let it be).
Sharing in the Sufferings of Jesus Christ
1 Peter 4:12-19
(12) My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial that has come upon you to test you, as though something strange was happening to you alone. (13) But rejoice inasmuch that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you will be overjoyed when his majestic glory is revealed at the second coming of Jesus Christ. (14) If you are insulted because you believe in the name of Jesus Christ, you are blessed, because the Holy Spirit of God’s glorious beauty rests upon you. (15) If you suffer, it must not be because you are a murderer or a thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddling busybody. (16) However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God because you bear his name. (17) For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s family; and if it begins with the church, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel (good news) of God? (18) As it is written in Proverbs 11:31, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (19) Therefore, those who suffer for doing God’s will should entrust their souls to the faithful Creator and continue to do good.