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1Peter  ◦   Chapter 5

1To the pastors and teachers among you, I call on you as a fellow pastor and teacher who witnessed Christ's sufferings, and one who will also share in the glorious re-creation to be revealed:2Protect God’s flock selflessly, like loving shepherds, serving as guides and guardians–not out of obligation or requirement, but freely–as God designed for you to do. Watch over it willingly, not seeking reward or payment, but eager to serve others;3not like dictators exercising power and authority over those entrusted to their care, but modeling servant-leadership to your flock.4Then, when the Chief Shepherd returns, you will be crowned with the glory of Christ's perfection that will never fade away.

5Young people, respectfully listen to the counsel of those who are older, and follow their wise leadership. But all of you–old and young alike–treat each other with humble and loving service, because "God is the opposite of self-exaltation, and his very nature opposes pridefulness; he pours his healing power into the humble."

6Therefore, surrender yourselves under God's almighty healing hand that he might restore you, uplifting you to his ideal in due time.7Pour out all your worries, frustrations and burdens upon him, because he cares for you.

8Stay calm and keep a clear head: do not allow your emotions to take charge, because Satan, your enemy, is stalking around, roaring like a lion, seeking to consume you with fear and doubt.9But resist him and don't be afraid; keep your trust in God strong, because you know that your fellow believers throughout the world are also being attacked in the same way.

10Our loving God–full of all goodness and grace, who has called you to an everlasting future of perfection in Christ–will, after this brief suffering, completely recreate you, restoring you to free, self-governed beings who are strong in love.11Let his kingdom and dominion reign forever and ever. Amen.

12With the help of Silas, whom I love as a brother, I have written to you to encourage, uplift, and confirm that this is the truth about God. Embrace it and hold firm to it.

13Your sister church in Babylon sends you greetings, as does my son Mark.14Greet each other with an open heart of love. Peace to all of you who are in union with Christ.