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The Hope That Is in You


1 Peter 3.15-18
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

If you were asked about your faith, how would you respond? Peter speaks of our faith as the hope that is in you. Would you be able to explain the gospel? Peter points out that it is important for us to share our faith. If a person does not choose to believe the good news of Jesus Christ, let it be because they refuse the message of salvation not because of how you treat them or the way you live your life. Your own example is powerful.

Peter encourages us to honor Christ the Lord as holy in every aspect of our lives. It is not only in what we say but in how we live each day. We should live a life that is pleasing to God. We can have a good conscience when we obey God. When we depend on the Holy Spirit, we have nothing to hide. Peter shares that when we suffer, even for doing good, we are following Jesus’ example. Jesus’ work on the cross made it possible for those of us who put our faith in Christ to be forgiven of our sins and reconciled to God. We will be with God for eternity. The suffering we face in this life is temporary. Do you have hope today? How would you describe it?

Blessings,

Anna  
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