Reason of the Hope

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March 11, 2019 by directorfsm

Now who is there to hurt you if you become enthusiastic for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness [though it is not certain that you will], you are still blessed [happy, to be admired and favored by God]. Do not be afraid of their intimidating threats, nor be troubled or disturbed [by their opposition]. 15 But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. 16 And see to it that your conscience is entirely clear, so that every time you are slandered or falsely accused, those who attack or disparage your good behavior in Christ will be shamed [by their own words]. 17 For it is better that you suffer [unjustly] for doing what is right, if that should be God’s will, than [to suffer justly] for doing wrong.  – 1 Peter 3: 13-17 (AMP)

   In context Peter is telling us to expect suffering for Christ’s sake. This can take many forms from openly physical and verbal abuse to the very covert like backbiting and passing on rumors. Yet through it all we are to be encouraged to “Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you.” 

   This is not always an easy task when we consider the often hostile surroundings a Christian can find themselves in today. Yet the key here as with all we are asked to do for the Kingdom is found in the first part of verse 15; But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord.”  If we think we can do things on our own we are setting ourselves up for failure. It is in Christ that I can do all things especially in difficult situations. If I take my eyes (heart mind and soul) off my Lord and let them wander to the trivial things of this world what hope do I have? – Mike

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