Text:: “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.” - 1 Peter 4:3.
Comment: Being humans, we might have been involved in unwholesome activities in the past when we had not been truly converted or were still low in knowledge and understanding of the word of God. At that time, some of us spent our time, to use the words of Apostle Paul “in rioting and drunkenness, … in chambering and wantonness, … in strife and envying”. (Romans 13:13) Those who have gained true knowledge have the greater responsibility to do righteousness, hence St Paul also stated that “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained…”. - Acts 17:30, 31.
As expected, when we dissociate ourselves from wayward lifestyles, those with whom we did such unwholesome acts will start seeing us as “acting strange” and may call us derogatory names, yet we have done what is spiritually expected of truly converted Christians. St Peter attested to this when he said “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.” (1 Peter 4:4, 5) We should pray for the faith and understanding to continue in the way of holiness until the end. – See Isaiah 35:8