Posted by Dave Clayton on

Have you ever read a verse, one that you have read a million times and all of a sudden you see it from a completely different perspective? I feel like that happens a lot with me. I don't know if it is because I'm not real bright--maybe it takes me reading the same thing a lot of times before I get the picture, or maybe it is just one of the many ways God continues to teach us. This morning I read a really familiar verse in 1 Peter 3:15. 

"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."

Until this morning, the one phrase that had always jumped off the page for me was "be prepared to give an answer."

This morning the other two phrases in the verse really challenged me.

Set Apart Christ as Lord....and Do this with Gentleness and Respect.

I've been pondering this morning whether or not I consistently set Christ apart as my Lord. Do I allow him to be my standard, to determine my priorities, to guide my decisions, actions, thoughts, and speech? 

And what does it look like to present the hope I have in Christ to people with differing worldviews in a way that is respectful and gentle? Nobody likes a know it all, or someone that talks down to them. What does it look like to be confident in Jesus in a way that makes others feel love and respected?

What is God teaching you through this verse?

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