1 Peter 2:11-25

This passage basically says to lead by example. In verse 12, it specifically states “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” For those of us, like me, who are not good at evangelism, and asking people directly about their faith, we can still spread the good news of the Gospel not by quoting Bible verses, but through leading by example. As the hymn states, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Or as the Golden Rule states, “Do to others as you would have them all do to you.” In all of these examples, we are called as Christians to lead by example. We are not to lead by hate, death and destruction. Those who lead with hatred ultimately will fall, but those who lead a faithful life will be raised up by God. This includes how we react to those who mistreat us. As this passage states in verse 20, “But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.” It goes on further to state that just as Jesus was innocent, yet endured much suffering, those of us who endure suffering for the sake of the Lord, without retaliating, will be held in much higher regard in the eyes of the Lord. So, lead by example. Let those around you know God’s love for all not only by discussing their faith, but also by your actions. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Matt Blaser