Holiness and Hope

1 Peter 2:11-12,15-16 NLT - Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world…15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. 16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 

1 Peter 3:15-16 NET - But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 3:16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you.

What areas of your speech, attitude, or behavior do you wish you could “do over” in front of your unbelieving neighbors (including family, coworkers, classmates, etc.)?  What do you think the rest of the watching world (including our children) expects from you as a Christian in terms of your personal integrity, character, and holiness?   Do you need to be more disciplined about studying out reasonable answers for unbelievers’ questions about Jesus or His Church?  Have you ever noticed that 1 Peter 3 says we are to share our “hope” and not our faith?  How important are our hope, courtesy, and respect in terms of evangelism?