2 Peter 3:10-12a
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
and then the heavens will vanish with a [mighty and thunderous] roar,
and the [material] elements will be destroyed with intense heat,
and the earth and the works that are on it will be burned up.
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way,
what kind of people ought you to be [in the meantime] in holy behavior
[that is, in a pattern of daily life that sets you apart as a believer]
and in godliness [displaying profound reverence toward our awesome God],
[while you earnestly] look for and await the coming of the day of God.
What does ‘a pattern of daily life’ look like?
But as for you, teach the things which are in agreement with sound doctrine
[which produces men and women of good character
whose lifestyle identifies them as true Christians].
Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith,
in love, in steadfastness [Christlike in character].
Older women similarly are to be reverent in their behavior,
not malicious gossips nor addicted to much wine,
teaching what is right and good,
so that they may encourage the young women
to tenderly love their husbands and their children,
to be sensible, pure, makers of a home [where God is honored],
good-natured, being subject to their own husbands,
so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
In a similar way urge the young men to be sensible and self-controlled
and to behave wisely [taking life seriously].
And in all things show yourself to be an example of good works,
with purity in doctrine [having the strictest regard for integrity and truth],
dignified, sound and beyond reproach in instruction,
so that the opponent [of the faith] will be shamed,
having nothing bad to say about us. (Amplified Bible)
Pause and consider this, today.
The above scriptures in our beloved King James Version,
2 Peter 3:10-12
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate,
sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,
not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober,
to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good,
obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works:
in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Sound speech, that cannot be condemned;
that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed,
having no evil thing to say of you.