“But in your hearts revere 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 Peter 3:15-16).
This is a powerful and difficult directive. Yes, we are to worship the Lord and no other. We are to have our hearts pointed to Him. So also, the world will continue to slander us, but we are to guard our behavior so that we do not react badly to these things. When the malicious lies come – and they will – do not overreact to them but look to the Lord who gave His life for you so that you may live.
Lord, You have made eternal life possible for a sinner like me. Not only that, but You have set before me the promise of becoming like You. Lead me on the journey of becoming in order that I would now and forever follow where You lead. According to Your purpose, help me to walk through these difficult times where there are people who follow their father, the devil, and hate us, making it difficult for those who believe.
Lord Jesus, You know the territory well. Both the place where You are taking us and this age and its difficult path. You must lead Lord and I must follow. Help me now and always to look to You and follow Your lead. According to Your promises, help me when I am grieved by the wicked and malicious people of this age so that I do not lose heart, or fall away. Amen.