1 Peter 3:14-17
But and if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;…
The words suggest four things in relation to religion.
I. ITS PROSPECTIVENESS. It is a "hope." Personal religion is a great hope in a man.
II. ITS SOCIALITY. Here is asking questions and answering them. Genuine religion excludes the anti-social and dissocialising element — selfishness.
1. It has a community of paramount interest. All religious souls have the same imperial concerns.
2. A community of leading aims. One grand purpose runs through all godly hearts.
III. ITS REASONABLENESS. "Give a reason for the hope." Every godly man can give a reason for this hope. It does not require erudition or talent to enable him to do so. Ask him why does he hope to become good, and he could give such answers as these:
1. Because my nature was made for goodness
2. Because Christ came into the world to give me goodness.
3. Because God works to make me good.
4. Because the great struggle of my nature is to be good. These are good reasons, are they not?
IV. ITS REVERENCE. "With meekness and fear."
Parallel VersesKJV: But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;