1 Peter 3:15-16 *NKJV*
15 But sanctify the Lord God[a] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
So here I read it as we are to live rightously WITHOUT being self rightouse.
What does that mean?
How might that create a positive impression on the world?
Answer by lawla at 6:49 PM on Aug. 4, 2009
To always be truthful in thought, action, and deed concerning the things of God. To never waver in the Faith or to give ground concerning wickedness and sin. To know who you are in God always so that you are able to be used of Him to the counteract evil arrows of the enemy of our souls. To know that no matter what fence-straddlers, pee-warmers, and the imps of the world throw across your path, you belong to God and that you are untouchable by their craftiness and cunning ways. To know that righteousness can never be understood by anyone except the true children of God and that no matter what others think of you, it is of no consequence when you stand with God and upon His word. To know that when others defame you, you have nothing to be ashamed of or o apologize for if it is all done in the strength of the Lord for the glory of God.
Answer by Anonymous at 6:53 PM on Aug. 4, 2009
What God deems acceptable behavior, mankind will always self-righteously call into question. But if you are doing the Will of the Father, there need never be an apology or a self-questioning for any action done or word done or spoken. "Self Righteous' is a man-made word designed to mock and belittle; it has no power over the children of the Supreme God, so what does it matter that you are defamed for God's sake? It is of no consequence whatsoever in the grand scheme of things. It only matters to those who think they are justified in behaving so badly. We live righteously when we live for God and Him alone. If those of the flesh want to view this as being self-righteous, there is little that can be done about their opinions.
Answer by Anonymous at 6:59 PM on Aug. 4, 2009
It has a positive effect on the world by showing that we do not back down when in the right. If God be for us and we for Him, we are in the right. We need not excuse ourselves or our actions to anyone concerning anything we do or say. By seeing this the world knows that we are true to Whom we say we love. We will not back down or back up just because someone with a beef against God and Christiansthinks we should. Thos who will be called God's Children will be saved, and those who won't or don't care to be, wont; and it won't matter one way or the other concerning righteousness - or a preconceived idea of what it means.
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