What practical action will you take as these verses sift your life, thoughts, behaviour?
It is a well-known passage, “… Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;”
But how good is the wisdom that Peter surrounds with this exhortation.
“Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,”
How hard is this to take hold of, in the moment, to remember that we have Jesus as our King, and we are not to fear those that would try to make us feel nothing and less than nothing for believing and trusting in Him.
“… But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,”
It is a good reminder and prompt to dwell on what HOLINESS means, and why it is important to consider our Lord as HOLY.
Back in chapter 1 Peter points out that it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
So not only are we to be holy, but we are to make sure we remember and bring to light and openly proclaim the HOLINESS of God, of Jesus Christ our King and Saviour.
“… Yet do it with gentleness and respect,”
How often we respond in defence with sharp words and anger, yet Peter (and remember what we read of Peter in the gospels) encourages us to be gentle and respectful in our defence.
How upside-down this logic is to our humanity, to the world around us.
But it is what we are called to.
Too, it is of great encouragement that we are not called to be intellectually ready to make a defense, but to have wrestled with what Jesus did for us and are ready to defend it, because HE SAVED US!
What more can we do, but stand clear and present in Him, regardless of the tempest that will buffet our stance.
He is our King and Lord and Saviour. He rescued us from death. He brought us from darkness into light. We who were enemies He made friends by such a love that has never been seen from any other.
* God Almighty,
Prepare our hearts to give our defense, simple and plain though it may be.
Please strengthen us to stand with You, to cling to You when we cannot stand, to completely and utterly cast ourselves on You, because You care for us. You save us.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!