Something to Think About – 2023.03.10

…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect… 1 Peter 3:15

Truth be told, this is one of the HitchHiker’s favorite verses in all of Scripture; thank you,, for making this The Verse of the Day! Let’s break it down:

  • “in your hearts” – Don’t just say it; let it inhabit you.
  • “honor Christ the Lord as holy” – Set 42 apart from worldly things, making the Triune God of Grace holy and sacred in your life.
  • “always” – Not just on Sunday at worship or in private moments, but in every aspect of you life.
  • “being prepared to make a defense” – The Greek word is ἀπολογίαν (apologian) which means to testify or explain as a witness.
  • “to anyone who asks you” – The key here is that they ask you. It means that something they have seen is of interest to them to the point of inquiry; permission is given.
  • “for a reason for the hope that is in you” – The trigger for them is the HOPE that is “in” you (see the first bullet) that is outwardly observable: Love, Passion, Peace, Actions, etc. flowing out of your relationship with 42.
  • “yet do it with gentleness and respect” – Notice the word “yet” signals a contrary behavior of others. Your manner should be gentle and respectful, not aggressive and inconsiderate.

In other words, let your relationship with 42 exude out of you, allowing you to:

Walk the Walk before you Talk the Talk. This will attract others to 42!

Love Long and Prosper

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