What Not To Be Known For
But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. (1 Peter 4:15 ESV)
Murderers, thieves, evildoers, and meddlers suffer as a normal and logical consequence of their actions. Those who are identified as such are to be pitied, rather than condemned. They condemn themselves, and rather than celebrating and condoning their folly, we should do everything we can to turn them from their ways. we must preach the gospel of the grace of God in Christ to all people, because all people, regardless of their specific sins, are sinners lost without hope or God unless God rescues them from their sinful state And they turn from their sins to Jesus.
You may be surprised at the inclusion of meddler in the list. What is a meddler? The Greek word is a mouthful, allotriepiskopos. It literally means troublesome meddler, one who causes trouble for others by meddling in things alien to his calling. Basically, one who sticks his nose in other people's business and ends up messing things up. Peter is saying don't be the kind of person who is known for sin. Be the kind of person who is known for righteousness and truth and love. Kind of person that is known to be a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.