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1 Peter 4:1-19

Living for God

1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now 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.

7The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so 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.

Suffering for Being a Christian

12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,

what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”4:18 Prov. 11:31 (see Septuagint)

19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Knijga O Kristu

1 Petrova 4:1-19

Živjeti za Boga

1Budući da je Krist trpio u tijelu, i vi budite poput njega—spremni trpjeti. Jer ako ste voljni trpjeti za Krista, znači da ste odlučili da prestanete griješiti 2i da ostatak tjelesnog života proživite prema Božjoj volji, a ne ugađajući ljudskim požudama. 3Dosta je što ste prije živjeli u onome u čemu uživaju bezbožni ljudi: u razvratu, požudama, pijančevanju, razuzdanim gozbama, pijankama i zločinačkim idolopoklonstvima. 4Zato se oni sada čude što se s njima više ne odajete raskalašenosti pa vas vrijeđaju. 5Ali položit će račun Bogu, koji je već spreman suditi i živima i mrtvima. 6Stoga je Radosna vijest bila propovijedana čak i mrtvima, tako da njihov duh, iako su njihova tijela bila kažnjena smrću, može živjeti kao što živi Bog.

7Uskoro će svršetak svega. Budite zato bistra uma i trijezni, da se možete moliti. 8A najvažnije od svega je da žarko volite jedni druge jer ljubav prašta mnoge grijehe. 9Gostoljubivo i bez prigovaranja primajte jedni druge! 10Bog vam je svima dao različite duhovne darove. Uporabite ih tako da služite jedni drugima onim darom koji ste po Božjoj milosti dobili. 11Služi li se tko darom govora, neka pazi da govori Božje riječi. Ima li tko dar služenja, neka služi snagom koju mu daje Bog. Tako će se u svemu proslaviti Bog po Isusu Kristu. Njemu je slava i sila u vijeke vjekova. Amen.

Kršćansko trpljenje

12Braćo voljena, ne čudite se vatrenim kušnjama koje su vas snašle, kao da vam se što neobično događa. 13Radujte se, naprotiv, što ste dionici Kristovih patnji pa ćete se s njime radovati i kad se objavi njegova slava. 14Radujte se ako vas vrijeđaju zbog Kristova imena jer u vama prebiva Duh slave, Božji Duh. 15Neka nitko od vas ne trpi kao ubojica, kradljivac, zločinac, pa čak ni zato što se miješa u tuđa posla. 16Ali ne stidite se trpjeti zato što ste kršćani, nego zahvaljujte Bogu što se tako možete nazivati. 17Jer došlo je vrijeme suda, a on mora započeti s Božjom djecom! A ako se čak i nama kršćanima mora suditi, kakva li tek strašna sudbina očekuje one koji nisu poslušali Božje evanđelje! 18Ako se Bog toliko trudio da spasi pravednike, kako će tek završiti bezbožnici i grešnici?4:18 Izreke 11:31. 19Zato oni koji po Božjoj volji trpe, neka čine dobra djela i neka se pouzdaju u svojega vjernog Stvoritelja.