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Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
For, Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”
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