February 1, 2008

Speak Truth ~ 1 Pet. 3:13-16

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."But in your hearts set apart 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, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. --- 1 Pet. 3:13-16

-Do not fear what the world fears
-Do not be frightened (2nd time)
-Set apart Christ as Lord
-Be prepared to give an answer for the reason of that which we hope, with gentleness and respect

Witnessing to somebody should never become a battle of wits, or who can make the most clever argument. God has simply commanded us to know his word, the absolute truth and final answer. We don't have to try and sell the truth, or somehow make it look attractive to our audience. They will realize the truth if they are truly seeking and if the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. Afterall, what is more powerful than the truth? And who are we to think we could somehow "convince" someone into the kingdom?
Speak Truth!

V13 - Be eager to do good.

Ponder this: "Do you have a zeal for a worthy cause? Is there some good for which you are beng slandered? Or is your routine so harmless in this evil world that it fits nicely with the way things are going, and so nobody is asking you anything?" ---John Piper

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