Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:12; ESV)
Live in a way that respectable while on earth. Keep your living honorable. Notice that we are to living honorable in the face of those who speak against us as evildoers. How are Christians supposed to handle those in the world who slander us and consider us to be evildoers? We are not to handle it by acting like them. We are not to handle it by treating them as they have treated us. We are to handle this by living honorably. We are to continue conducting ourselves as Christians even when what others are doing is unfair or unjust. The world will speak of us as evildoers, especially as we strive to expose the darkness with the light of Jesus. We will encounter all sorts of resistance when we try to live righteously, speak righteously, and teach righteousness. Be ready for it. But even more important, when the resistance comes, live honorably. Don’t give them a reason to think that they are right about you. When we retaliate or respond similarly, we are only validating their accusations, not proving them to be false.
Live honorably in the face of such duress so that they will see your good works and glorify God later. They will see your good deeds in the face of evil and may change to glory God before the judgment. Your reaction to their slander and evil can change them. The way you handle their slander and duress can cause them to glorify God later. They will possibly rethink what they are doing. Jesus is a terrific example of this, causing the Roman centurion to confess that Jesus truly was the Son of God (Matthew 27:54). All of the events that surrounded Jesus and how he handled it proved to the outsider that Jesus was who he claimed to be. How we handle all the pressures and difficulties that surround us will prove to others that we truly are living stones, molded after the image of Jesus. We will not be a discredit to the name “Christian.”