1 Peter 3:13-22

How do you show your faith?

Some Christians believe that faith is a personal matter that should be kept to oneself. And yes, it is true that we shouldn’t be obnoxious in sharing our faith, but we should always be ready to give an answer when asked about our faith. You may not be able to stop people from speaking evil but you can stop supplying them with ammunition. As long as you do right then their accusations will be empty. You are allowed to stand up for yourself when it comes to your faith. God will guide you in those situations and so there is no need to fear if you are ever challenged about your faith.

This passage shows that Christ’s Good News of salvation is not limited. It has been preached in the past and in the present; it has gone to the dead and to the living. God gave everyone the opportunity to come to Him, it was and still is their choice to make. Peter says that Noah’s salvation from the flood symbolizes a baptism, a ceremony involving water. A baptism is a symbol of the transformation that happens in the hearts of those who believe. By identifying themselves with Christ through baptism, Peter’s readers could resist turning back, even under the pressure of persecution. Public baptism would keep them from temptation to renounce their faith.

Father,

Thank you for helping us to show our faith. Help the people who are still unsure of themselves and lift them to you.

Amen.

When someone asks you about your faith, what do you normally say? If you are unsure, then talk to God or someone in your church family. Everyone is welcome in the house of God and so be proud to show off your faith.

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