13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 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, 16 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
The implication in this passage is that the hope you have in you will be apparent to others.
It comes from a lack of fear of the future, an optimism about the future, and the gentle peace discussed yesterday.
As Proverbs says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:29
They – both believer and unbeliever – should know the peace in our hearts. If we don’t have that peace, we should ask why not until we discover what is stealing that peace.