Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.
Worship in reverence Christ as Lord of your life. Be ready to defend and stand for what you believe for that of God’s word and if someone asks you be respectful and gentle and answer in full explanation answer in hope
Peter finished his godly advice to husbands and wives with guidance on suffering for righteousness sake. He gave wise instruction on how to grow in grace and live a godly life.. and he encouraged them as he encourages us.. to live in harmony with our Christian brothers and sisters.
He encourages us to guard our heart and our speech and to turn from evil and do good. We are to seek peace and to pursue it and we are to be sanctified unto God and live godly in Christ Jesus – which is the Father’s will for all His children.
We are called to be holy even as our Father in heaven is holy and we are instructed to be sanctified unto God in our hearts – by faith with thanksgiving and praise.
But there is one more piece of godly wisdom that Peter pens to all the elect of God who are set apart unto Him – a directive that we would all do well to note – no matter where we live in the world and no matter what our life-circumstances may be. As God’s children, we should be ready to answer anyone who asks us about our faith in Christ and our trust in God. We should all be equipped to talk of our blessed hope and the grace of God that gives salvation to whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord.
We should all be properly prepared and readily inclined to give a defence of the gospel of grace, in which we stand.. to give an answer for the blessed hope we have in our heart and to share the glorious hope that we have in Christ Jesus our Saviour – and we are exhorted to do this in gentleness of spirit – in reverence and in grace
But dedicate your lives to Christ as Lord. Always be ready to defend your confidence in God when anyone asks you to explain it. However, make your defense with gentleness and respect.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)
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;
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Word-for-Word (Form Equivalence)
But respect Christ as the holy Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have,
New Century Version (NCV)
Thought-for-Thought (Function Equivalence)
Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
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