1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

 

Maybe you are ready… ready to give an answer. If someone asks you why you have this hope or why you believe what you believe, you have an answer, but do you have the answer in the right attitude?

 

Meekness and fear. Not rude. Not belligerent. Not demanding or prideful.

 

I remember when I first got saved. I was attending Bible college. Suddenly, I felt I knew everything, had all the right answers and was going to win all my family and friends to the truth.

 

And much of what I believed and said really was truth. But it was my pride and arrogance that really damaged relationships. It turned their ears and hearts away from truth.

 

Why meekness? Why should we, if we have truth, answer in meekness? Because we need to remember the grace that was given to us when we didn’t deserve it.

 

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

 

Grace… unmerited favor. Answering people with a kindness even when they are not treating you with kindness.

 

Why with fear? Not fear as in knees shaking, but respect.

 

Seasoned with salt… salt makes things taste good. It is also a preservative. Preserving what? Preserving testimony, relationship, emotional control, and NEVER straying from truth.

 

 

Speak the truth in love… speak the truth in meekness… Speak the truth with respect… speak the truth in grace… and speak the truth in such a manner that it is not compromised, nor is your testimony or relationship with those you are speaking to damaged.