Since you call upon a Father who judges all people according to their actions without favoritism, you should conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your dwelling in a strange land. Live in this way, knowing that you were not liberated by perishable things like silver or gold from the empty lifestyle you inherited from your ancestors. Instead, you were liberated by the precious blood of Christ, like that of a flawless, spotless lamb. Christ was chosen before the creation of the world, but was only revealed at the end of time. This was done for you, who through Christ are faithful to the God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory. So now, your faith and hope should rest in God. As you set yourselves apart by your obedience to the truth so that you might have genuine affection for your fellow believers, love each other deeply and earnestly. Do this because you have been given new birth—not from the type of seed that decays but from seed that doesn’t. This seed is God’s life-giving and enduring word. Thus, All human life on the earth is like grass, and all human glory is like a flower in a field. The grass dries up and its flower falls off, but the Lord’s word endures forever. This is the word that was proclaimed to you as good news. Therefore, get rid of all ill will and all deceit, pretense, envy, and slander. (1 Peter 1:17—2:1, CEB)
“you should conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your dwelling in a strange land” We should conduct ourselves with integrity and live in a way that shares love with all. God forgave us and claimed us not because of what we did, or are doing, but because of love. We need to live in a way that shows that love in everything we do.
We need to get rid of ill will, all deceit, pretense, envy, slander. We need to lift people up and love them with integrity. Being who we are regardless of where we are.
Love out loud.
Loving People. Loving God.