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“but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” – 1 Peter 3: 15 CSB

It is amazing that Apostle Peter would make such a statement in our anchor text. He encourages the recipients of his letter, and thus us, to be ready to give a defence to those who ask a reason for our faith. 

The Greek word translated as reason is apologia which means a reasoned statement or argument or defence. Our faith is reasonable; it can be explained and backed up by historical evidence. 

However, the responsibility doesn’t fall only on the scholars, pastors and teachers. Unlike some of the epistles that were written to specific people, our anchor text is taken from a letter written to believers who were spread in different regions (1 Peter 1:1).  Thus, this instruction is for all believers to communicate answers to those we minister to. 

As we evangelize, we should not expect a one sided conversation. We would encounter questions like “How do you know God exists?” or “if God is so good, why is there so much evil in the world?”.

When we encounter such questions, we must remember that we are reaching out to people living in a fallen world, searching for an explanation for God. 

We shouldn’t look down on those who ask. Our mission is to “demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10: 4-5 CSB). 

But, we must do so with a gentle spirit. Scripture helps us understand that they are blind (2 Corinthians 4:4) and we want them to see the light. 

While we may encounter debates, with patient endurance and gentleness backed up with prayer, we can see many hearts turn to Christ. 

Let Apostle Paul’s instruction to Timothy guide us: 

“The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth. Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:24-26‬ ‭CSB‬‬

The aim is not to win arguments but to win a soul.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 3:1-15, James 4:1-10, Ecclesiastes 6, Jeremiah 16-18

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