“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
In 1 Peter 3, teaches us to treat one another with regards to respect, humility, love, forgiveness and compassion. Most of it focuses on how we should treat ourselves, those we love around us, those that persecute us, and of course how we treat Jesus. A lot of it focuses on “us” but in verse 15, it points out the important fact that respect (reverence) for Christ the Lord is important. More often than not, we may find ourselves focused on other things other than God during our daily lives. This is an important reminder that we must remember in our hearts that He comes first. Without Him and respect for Him, everything else is irrelevant. It also says to be gentle and respectful as we give reason for the hope that we have in Christ so that those who persecute and harm us would realize their faults. The only way to show them, is to be gentle and respectful which can be quite challenging at times.
How can you show respect (reverence) for Christ today?