Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
But set Christ apart as Lord in you hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. 1 Peter 3.15-16
No one likes to suffer. Most people will do anything to avoid it. However, Peter indicated that it happens. People suffer, even for doing what is right. There is no honor in suffering for doing what is wrong. That should be expected. But, when you are doing what is right, it can cause you to become fearful or your faith to be shaken.
Peter gave the answer to overcome the fear and stand firmly, even in the midst of suffering. Christ must reign in your heart as Lord. He will not share his rule with anyone else. There is something else you must do. You must be ready and prepared to answer anyone that asks why you act as you do.
You cannot be prepared if you do not know God’s word. Jesus used God’s word to withstand Satan, Matthew 4.1-11. Paul told the Ephesians to put on the armor of God, Ephesians 6.10-17. God’s word is the sword of the Spirit. It is how you defend against the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Make no mistake. At some point, you will suffer as a result of your faith. Are you prepared to give your answers?