"May The Defense Never Rest"

April 01, 2022 | By Chuck

Peter wrote, “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” (I Pet. 3:15).  I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “the defense rests your honor”.  This is courtroom language, and we understand it to mean the defense is done.  They rest their case when they have said all they have to say to properly defend their client.  When the defense rests, they are finished defending.  

            In the above verse, Peter explains that a Christian’s defense should never rest.  Christians are to always be prepared to make a defense for the hope that we have.   Christians are the most blessed people on the planet because we have hope for eternity in heaven with God.  There is no greater hope in all the world.  Hope is wonderful, encouraging and a huge motivator for us to keep going and never give up.  But, with this incredible blessing of hope comes a responsibility to defend it.  Of course, there are those who will criticize and attack our hope and there are those who simply question our hope.  In either case, as a Christian my responsibility is to defend my hope by explaining the reason for it. 

            You cannot adequately defend the hope that you have without talking about Jesus.  So, this defense of our hope should always be handled like Jesus, “with gentleness and respect”.  Sharing a defense for our hope is not about debating or arguing with someone.  Neither seldom does any good.  Defending our hope to those who question is about lovingly and gently and with full respect sharing the hope of heaven we enjoy because of our relationship with Jesus.  Since we cannot speak of our hope without sharing the message of Jesus, I pray that our defense will never rest.