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.