Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:13-16
Doing what is good will harm no one, though we as believes, may suffer for it-in which case we should count it a privilege to suffer for a lifestyle that pleases God. Peter here urged us to “regard Christ the Lord as holy” (v. 15 CSB) from the center of their being. This inner reverence for Christ should lead believers to be “ready at any time”, especially in the midst of persecution and suffering, to give a frank “defense” of the “hope” within them. And finally we as believers ought to defend our faith with “gentleness and respect”, not anger and arrogance. By this means, unbelievers will be humiliated when they malign believers, because they will ultimately see the difference between we the believers and followers of Christ and themselves. And that was Peter’s whole point here. We as believers and followers of Christ are to be so radically different than those around us that they take notice.