Vs. 15, “But in your hearts set apart 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.” AMEN! This is one of the many reasons why we read His Word…so that we always have a response to give with love & gentleness. Christian women should remember that beauty comes from the inside, not the exterior (Vs. 2-4). Christian men should treat their wives with gentle love and honor (Vs. 7). We also are reminded of the word we don’t like to hear, but it is one all Christians must come to grip with…”suffering.” Anybody can suffer for doing wrong, but Christians must learn to suffer for doing what is right. Of course, Jesus is the example for us to follow.
Regarding application…Responding To Insults. Vs. 9, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” Peter encourages Christians to act and respond like Jesus. He endured suffering and ridicule without a vindicative response. There is a contrast between our natural tendency as human beings, to get even when we are offended versus with the way we should act as believers. Now…for a little “context” lesson…who are those whom Peter is admonishing us not to repay evil with evil? Look no further than Vs. 8…Peter was not addressing some evil Roman pagan empire or the false prophets and teachers…Peter was addressing those who belonged to the family of God. Christians were paying evil for evil towards each other…the ramifications are obvious. If the outside world saw Christians treating each other like this…than what would be the point of church if they act just like the rest of the world? Unfortunately, this same exhortation exists for us today. Most of us have probably been a part of a church split or seeing congregations get rid of Pastors etc… It’s moments like these that we see the church not practicing true love from Christ. Let us throw off that attitude like we deserve something and remember that if Jesus the very Son of God could humble himself before His own creation…than we could surely humble ourselves with each other.