Happy, wonderful Monday! When thinking about all the things we feel strongly about, I realize we will do just about anything for those we love, causes we think are valuable, people that are needy and for the Lord! We have so many ways we can do it, too, what with social media and all. We can stand up, voice our opinion and defend what we hold dear, can’t we?
Know what? God is dear and precious and true. He is worth standing up for! But what does that mean? What does the Bible say about it?
But in your hearts revere 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, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:15-16 NIV
Standing up for God means representing Him with reverence, gentleness, respect and a clear conscience. I admit, because I love Him so much, I may have been a little too exuberant in my opinions on social media at first. But, I reasoned, I was standing up for things HE stands for! I meant well, but I had some learning to do!
It is great to stand for Him, but speaking for Him must be taken very seriously and done in love. Peter is saying, in the verses above, to be so above reproach that others will be ashamed that they slander our good behavior. It should be that others, if they speak maliciously, (and they will at times), are doing so against our GOOD behavior. Since God is the only one good, we have a high standard of behavior, don’t we?
It makes sense…do we want others to read or hear our words and walk away thinking Christians are high and mighty and opinionated? Or…do we want them to see and hear the love and truth of God in our gentle but sincere approach? Maybe, just maybe, our gentleness will point them to God being the one who is high and mighty:) Maybe, they will see the hope we have!
If we are representing God, we must be diligent about speaking in a way that is worthy of God. How we talk about God to others tells them a whole lot about us, but also who we follow and why we do so:)
Let’s talk about God today and let others hear His love, our love and our hope!
Love you all, my sisters and brothers in Christ!