Devotions

Defense Witnesses

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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READ:

1 Peter 2:12

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Philippians 2:15

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

EXHORTATION:

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s pilgrims we must live honest lives. The word "honest" is much more than telling the truth and doing what is right. It also refers to comeliness, honourable and admirable attitude in life. Christians must be a people of high integrity and moral virtues when they live among the ungodly ("Gentiles").

Honest lifestyle is particularly important, when we consider the fact that the world is hostile to us and is ready even to falsely accuse us. When accused, our initial reaction is to defend ourselves with words. It is normal for us to desperately attempt to clear our name! Peter's antidote to accusation is our holy lifestyle, than plenty of arguments.

Our response to our false accusers is our ‘good works.’ The word ‘good’ literally means ‘beautiful’ or ‘attractive.’ Our lifestyle must even attract our opponents. The most effective way of dealing with the opposition is our good lifestyles.

A great number of unsaved people are put off by the unkind and unattractive lifestyle of many a Christian. We must be careful to live a life that is honest and beautiful. Our good works must back up our good words. Then the Lord will use our kind and honest deeds to bring praise out of those who once opposed us.

"Let your light so shine before men," said Jesus, "that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). To “see good works by us” (1 Peter 2:12) is to see Christ in us. The purpose of letting our light shine or reveal our good works, is not to bring attention or praise to ourselves but to our Redeemer. Everything we do must be for the glory of the Saviour, our God. Then the Lord will use our kind and honest deeds to bring praise out of those who once opposed us.

The phrase ‘day of visitation’ is not a definite day, namely the day of God’s judgment. Rather, it is a day when God will visit the unsaved to enable them to see the goodness of the Christians’ testimony and bring forth praises for their honest and good works.

"To be good among the bad is commendable;
To be good among the good is pleasurable;
To be bad among the bad is horrible;
To be bad among the good is abominable
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THOUGHT:

Holiness is the best defense.

PRAYER:

Lord, make my life a living testimony of Thy goodness.