1 Peter 3:13-18

And who will harm you if you are deeply committed to what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed.  Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed, but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts.  Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.  However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.  For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.  For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm. 1 Peter 3:13-18 HCSB

Do not fear; the Lord is always with those who do His will.  We are commanded to defend our faith, but to defend it with gentleness and respect; we are to be firm, but we must be gentle.  We must present ourselves as a picture of what Christ wants us to be; we must exude pure Christianity.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 11:3 New International Version (NIV)
    3 “… your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
    Philippians 1:10 New International Version (NIV)
    10 “…so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,”
    Philippians 2:15-16 New International Version (NIV)
    15 “so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.”
    1 Timothy 1:5 New International Version (NIV)
    5 “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
    2 Timothy 2:22 New International Version (NIV)
    22 “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
    James 1:27 New International Version (NIV)
    27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
    James 3:17 New Living Translation (NLT)
    17 “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.”

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