Better Now Than Later

16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong (1 Peter 3).

In chapter 2, verse 12, Peter wrote about those who “slandered” them would eventually “glorify God in the day of visitation.” Here, he spells out just how God will be glorified: by “putting them to shame.” For, when all is said and done, God will indeed be glorified—both by the glorification of saints, as well as the damnation of sinners.

It is better to have a good conscience now, as opposed to a shaming one later. For God is a righteous God who always judges rightly. Those who once had no conscience will be forever tormented by a conscience awakened and constantly pricked by their shame. Those unrepentant and unregenerate souls who once slandered and put down God’s children, will themselves be cast down forever in the unrelenting shame of such deeds. Those who made up lies will wallow in awful shame along with the devil himself, the father of lies.

Lord, our joy is in Your being glorified through our lives—whether through triumph or through trials. Help us This Day, should we be slandered, to persevere by “keeping a good conscience” and fixing our hope firmly in You. Amen.