RESPONDING TO OUR CULTURE

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “ …And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it .But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ ” —1 Peter 3:15-16 

How do you react when you see people being hostile toward Christian beliefs? Do you let your anger simmer, get into an argument on Facebook, or just keep quiet? It’s difficult to know how to respond to those who show antagonism to our faith, but Peter gives us good advice in today’s passage.
 
Be willing to suffer or be misunderstood. Since the world finds holiness, obedience, and reverence for God confusing or even offensive, taking a stand for righteousness may bring you criticism instead of praise. Don’t fear the intimidation, but remember that when you are persecuted, you are blessed (Matt. 5:10).
 
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart. A follower of Jesus is no longer enslaved to the world but is now a slave of Christ and His righteousness (Rom. 6:18; 1 Corinthians 7:22).
 
Always be ready to give a defense for your hope. This is to be done gently and respectfully—never with anger or condemnation.
 
Keep a good conscience. You can’t foresee how God may use your example. Perhaps your righteous behavior and words will influence others to see their own sin and turn to Christ.
 
Even though our culture looks very dark, Christ can use your light to show someone the way to  Jesus.

PRAYER: “Father, give me the grace and strength to gently correct people and bring them closer to You.” Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: IN TOUCH.ORG

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