Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-17

A man who believes in Christ responds uniquely under pressure.

Our culture is becoming increasingly relative about what is right and what is wrong. Lines are blurred all the time, and much is at stake in the moral fabric of the society we live in. How should a disciple of Jesus respond? Peter suggests that we have a baseline for what is right and a reason for placing hope in the God who sets our standard. Following God’s way in a world that is hostile to God will put you under fire. In any of these encounters, practice a hopeful response.

Notice the way in which a follower of Christ is encouraged to respond to those who may oppose convictions to follow God. First, fear has no place in the response. Fearing God over any threat is where our fear should be put. Second, be prepared to answer and explain your way of living. Know why and be ready to communicate. And lastly, be both gentle and respectful.

DO THIS TODAY: Live with conviction and explain why with a hopeful response.

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