1 Peter 3:15 – “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.”
The verse that I chose is first Peter 3:15, and it says this, “but in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks to give the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect.” This verse is important to me because I think it’s as relevant today as it’s ever been. Though secular culture claims to be free, in reality, people are more anxious, more depressed, more alone, and more afraid than ever. By contrast, the Christian worldview is incredibly hopeful. And what Peter is saying is that people should notice that in us. Now, what I find is interesting is that it says people should ask. And so I think we need to be living the types of lives, the way we have peace and joy, our boldness, our willingness to share, and to be loving and to give this should demonstrate something to the world. And they should want to know why we are able to do this, where this comes from, what allows us to have this perspective and, and to give our lives when the whole world says take instead.
And so I think first, Peter 3:15 is incredibly relevant because the world should want to know why we have hope. But we can’t forget those last two words. When we tell people we need to do so with gentleness and respect. Sadly, too often, Christians are known for what they’re against and not what they’re for. We’re not known for the radical mercy of the one we claim to follow. Jesus was incredibly merciful. Christian should be known for this. So when we engage with people, we need to be gentle. We need to be respectful. We need to have a broken heart for them. But yes, we also need to tell them where our hope comes from. If we do this, God is going to move powerfully.
Lord Jesus. I thank you for this opportunity to reach this city. And I pray that you would equip us to answer people when they ask why we have hope. But Lord allow us to do this with gentleness and respect. And Lord, I pray that you would draw many, many hearts to yourself in Jesus name. Amen. Peace.
Pray for the Twin Cities today.
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