Healthy Response

What do you do when you feel threatened, questioned, or challenged as a believer?  Peter tells us, But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; (1 Peter 3:15).  Peter’s response deals with three issues.

First, who is most important to you?  Are you concerned about what the other person might think?  Is their threatening tone or hard questions distracting you from the fact that Jesus ought to be Lord over your heart? Your response should start with a check of your heart. Make sure the One you’re aiming to please is Jesus, not the other person.

Second, speak up.  Be ready to share why you are a believer.  If you haven’t thought about it lately, it’s not a bad exercise to conduct.  There are intelligent reasons for being a Christian.  Despite what you read in the press, being a Christian doesn’t mean you’re an idiot.

Third, watch your attitude.  Some folks love to debate.  In fact, they enjoy devouring anyone who crosses their path.  The problem with an unloving attitude is that while you may win the battle of the argument, you will lose the war over the heart.  Responding with “meekness and fear” speaks of respect for the other person. Respond in love, not anger. Are you ready?