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A Gentle Defense

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But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always [being] ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence 1 Peter 3:15

You probably live for instances when someone genuinely inquires about your faith, asking you to give an account for the hope they see in you. But even during genuine inquiries, conversations can sometimes become heated—or become focused on one-upping the other person. Has this ever happened to you?

Peter says to give an account, but to do so with gentleness and reverence. This is much more difficult. But in Spurgeon’s commentary, he explained why it’s so important: “If they wish to know why you believe that you’re saved, have your answer all ready in a few plain, simple sentences; and in the gentlest and most modest spirit make your confession of faith to the praise and glory of God. Who knows but what such good seed will bring forth an abundant harvest?”

A gentle, reverent response does a work that has the potential to bring forth great results. It’s good seed because it isn’t tainted by pride and arrogance. And it’s good because the planter is seen as being in just as much need as the receiver. If this describes your evangelism, then carry on. If not, take Peter’s words to heart.
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