Be careful to live properly in the sight of God and Man
1Pe 2:12 (NLT) 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.
We may think of good works as doing some work for God[ministry, church etc] apart from living our own life. According to 1pe 2:12 our conduct or behavior [things we speak or do in our daily lives] itself is a deed. Consider our attitude at the work place, How do we respond when some one is back biting or arguing or competing with us?
1Pe 2:12 says “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors” . Our motivation is not to live for the sake of neighbors outwardly but live unto God in holiness and righteousness inwardly and such divine life will be the divine light to the world and bring glory to God.
So let us “Be careful to live properly” as Jesus lived so that on the Day of Judgement we may not be ashamed but rather be praised by Unbelievers for our conduct.
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
(Philippians 2:14-15 NLT)
If anyone thinks such a life is hard, difficult or impossible then look towards the mighty God who has promised us victory in his word. Let us repent and ask God for faith to live such a life.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Joh 15:7 But if you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!