The context of today’s reading in Peter follows on from I Peter 3:18 – Christ died / suffered in the body physically, the righteous for the unrighteous.
Because of this, Peter is exhorting us to be prepared in our thinking to have the same attitude. “believers are to be prepared also to suffer unjustly, and to face such abuse with Christ’s attitude – with the willingness to suffer for doing good.(NIV text note)
The receivers of Peters letter were once pagans…..joining in the sinful activities with great eagerness with everyone else.
Now though as Christ followers they do not. For this they receive heaps of abuse from their once buddies who don’t understand that their lives have been transformed because of Christ. These same “friends”may even be the ones who are causing the suffering. I’m sure at times these believers struggled with their old way of life, battled with their flesh and even a desire to rejoin their friends.- See Connie’s comments yesterday
But Peter goes on vs7 with another exhortation – ”anticipating the end times particularly Christs return, should influence believers attitudes, actions and relationships” (NIV text note). Peter now calls all his readers to administer God’s grace in its various form – quite in contrast to their previous lifestyles.Do whatever you do, whatever gifts you have, whatever you’re good at, to the glory of Christ!