1 Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers
of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
highlighted verses:1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your
hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh
you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
This verse is the key as to how to "suffer" for righteousness
sake and how to end up doing the right thing, which is a righteous act.
The word "sanctify" means to separate or set aside, as
in making place or room for Jesus Christ in your heart, which means in
The more you pray and study His
Word, the more room you give Him so that when persecution or false accusation,
i.e. the opportunity to do the right thing, presents itself to the nuclear
reactor of your mind, there He may appear also to prevent a meltdown of
your character and conduct as a Christian.
Because when there's a meltdown, there's a long and arduous
clean-up process to follow.
And you must also sanctify the Lord God in your mind if
you are to do as Peter instructs in the second half of this verse and "be
ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of
the hope that is in you with meekness and fear".
16 ¶Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil
of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good
conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer
for well doing, than for evil doing.
18 ¶For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just
for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the
flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering
of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein
few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 ¶The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now
save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer
of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;
angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals. We pray that with the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, you accomplish both.