15 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,
1 Peter 3:15 falls within the bigger discussion Peter makes in 1 Peter 3:13-22 regarding believers’ clear conscience. In these 10 verses, Peter acknowledges persecution is happening, regardless of believers’ desires to live peacefully and their eagerness to do good. And despite all of the unfairness and suffering the believers are experiencing, Peter is encouraging his readers with the fact that the right response to undeserved suffering results in blessing.
A similar response should also echo in our daily lives. Our current situations and circumstances may seem unfair or we might be suffering too, but we have been set apart by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Our hope rests in Him and let this Good News be your defense (or your reason) for the hope that is in you.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Ask God to help shape your prayers – countries you should pray for; situations which need God’s power and transformation; lift them up in confidence and faith. “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” Psalm 96:10.