“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame” (1Peter 3:15-16). This verse tells us to be prepared to defend the hope that is in us. So, what is hope? It is to trust in, wait for, and expect something beneficial in the future.
As Christians, we trust in the promise of salvation, we wait for the day we get to meet Him, and see a future after the struggle. Realizing there is a “why” for our struggle even though we may never fully understand the reason, gives us hope. Everyone struggles and faces difficulties. As teenagers, we face unrealistic expectations, peer pressure, and live in a very judgmental society. As Christians, the verse recognizes another challenge we face, that we will be slandered for our faith by those who do not believe. Living a Christ like life might be difficult and filled with challenges, but it is essential to our testimony. Those who have a “why” to hope can bear any struggle. What’s your why?