Dear 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.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”