God said to “be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” 1. Peter 2:12 NLT The way you live properly and behave honorably among your unbelieving neighbors, which also includes your so-called Christian brothers and sisters who do not believe in you, is that you are patient and kind. You are not jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. You do not demand your own way. You are not irritable and keep record of being wronged. You do not rejoice about injustice, but you rejoice whenever the truth wins out. You never give up or lose faith. You are always hopeful, and endure through every circumstance. (See 1. Corinthians 13:4-7) Your godly loving attitude will certainly have a silencing effect on those ignorant people who falsely and foolishly accuse you of doing wrong, as the Bible says; “It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.” 1. Peter 2:15 NLT
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