1 Peter Christian Slaves.
2:18 * Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse.
2:19 For whenever anyone bears the pain of unjust suffering because of consciousness of God, that is a grace.
2:20 But what credit is there if you are patient when beaten for doing wrong? But if you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God.
2:21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered * for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
2:22 "He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth."
2:23 When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly.
2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
2:25 For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. **
New American Bible
The 1993 document from the Pontifical Biblical Commission asserts that no one should look for or otherwise expect a single interpretation of scripture. Now, that may be somewhat controversial, but let’s assume that there are a couple levels of meaning.
So, expect different interpretations of these verses. The thought begins a bit earlier at verse 18, I believe.
One would take a straightforward view that a Christian should always be focused on doing what is right. If some suffering should come as a result ( the old adage, no good deed shall go unpunished), at least you know that you were doing something that was according to the commands of Christ.
OK. If this is a poker hand, you can show your cards now.
I think that Peter is saying that we should act as slaves to the truth, to Christ, as if we had no other master.