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, 1 Peter 3:15
Always be prepared is a motto we mostly associate with the Boy Scouts of America, however this is actually a Biblical principle.. So what does it mean to always be prepared to give someone an answer?
As you mature and walk through your Christian faith, you’re going to be confronted with many questions. These questions may come from non believers or maybe even fellow Christians. So how can you be prepared to answer the hard questions of The Bible? The obvious answer is to continually study the Bible, and also asking God for the Holy Spirits wisdom and guidance.
Anyone who ever studied the Bible knows that it never gets old, there are so many prophecies and mysteries revealed in The Bible, no matter how long you’ve been studying, you’re always learning something new. You may read a scripture , and then reread it a month later and see it in a new light. Because the more you seek for Gods answers, he reveals it to you
Does this mean we will always have the answer for everything? Of course not, however when confronted with difficult questions of the faith, we should be able to give a reasonable and insightful answer that is Biblical. And as the scripture says , always try to do this in gentleness and respect. We have a tendacy as humans, to get defensive or confrontational when someone doesn’t agree with our views.
By being defensive you often turn people away who are searching for the truth, its not always easy but we should be patient and firm when dealing with others who don’t understand a doctrine or truth of The Bible. Remember when you have spoken the truth and others still want to reject it, to “shake the dust” off your feet and move on. Just plant the seed of truth of God in Jesus Name Amen