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I have a hope. It is a deep, abiding hope born out of trust in one Person. That person is Jesus Christ. He has washed my sin away and given me a clean conscience before God. Not because of anything I have done, but because of what He did for me through His life, death, and resurrection. I have nothing to fear anymore.
Which is why my current favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15: “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.”
This verse is for me. It’s for all Christians. It reminds me that I have a hope. It reminds me that my hope is in Christ. It reminds me to be ready to share that hope with anyone that asks. And it reminds me to do so with gentleness and respect.
I hear both the Law and the Gospel in this verse and I trust that when I recall it, I hear the one I need in that moment. Do I need to be reminded of the hope I have, or of the tone I should be taking in my confession? Or is it both?
I don’t know if it’s my favorite verse because I think of it so often, or if I think of it so often because it’s my favorite verse. Either way, it is an excellent reminder to me of who I am in Christ and what I am to be about as a Christian. And because it is the Word of God, I trust that it can be the same for you, too.