1 Peter 3:15 says, “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.” Does your life cause anyone to ask you the reason for your hope? Christians should be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit causing the world to ask, “Where did you get this hope?”

Peter says that even if Christians suffer, it should be for doing good, and we should give glory to God in all circumstances. In order to do this, one must have a heart that reveres Christ and a mind prepared by knowing God’s Word. Authentic Christian behavior will open the door to share Jesus.  Hearts and minds full of faith in Jesus will speak about salvation and give Him all the credit.

 Take time to examine your speech. Is it coming from a heart filled with faith? “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”  (Matthew 12:34 NIV)  The words from our lips are a reflection of the content of our hearts. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)