1 Peter 2 – Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

The subtitle in the NIV version says: Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society.

Sounds like Peter had to deal with a society a lot like ours today. Here’s what stuck out for me today:

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

After reading in James about faith without works being dead, Peter follows up today with advice for us to be seen doing good deeds, even though we are accused of doing wrong.

And – here’s the real perk about doing good – you can put the ignorant talk of foolish people to silence:

15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.

Needed that today.



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  1. #1 by Uncle MythMan on May 27, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    Does this mean I should rudely interrupt anyone claiming they know about signs of the upcoming end of the world and -maybe follow it up with “Jesus said, ‘BE NOT TROUBLED!’ If you love Him, you will follow His commandments and will stop troubling others as well!

  2. #2 by Jaqua (Jāy 'Quāy) on May 27, 2011 - 11:20 pm

    Well, I’m not sure where you came up with that idea to rudely interrupt. This passage was saying to me something quite contrary to rudely doing anything. It says to simply do good to silence the ignorant talk.

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