The whole point of 1 Peter 3 is not about how to avoid suffering, but how Christians should conduct themselves in the midst of suffering. In other words, the question Christians should be asking is not “will I suffer,” but “how will I suffer?” “And who will harm you if you are deeply committed to what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed." (1Pet. 3:13 -14 HCSB) Peter’s question, “who will harm you,” is not designed to minimize the pain and suffering that accompanies the agony of such a personal persecution; on the contrary, Peter’s purpose is to encourage the faithful to remember that they are not alone in times of difficulty. Peter knows firsthand what the Lord Jesus overcame on our behalf. He endured what we should have endured and suffered what we should have suffered. But most importantly, for our discussion, He set the example of how to suffer well and how to love our enemies at the same time. Because of this, Peter tells us, “Do not not fear what they fear or be disturbed.” (v. 14) Instead, when we suffer because of our faith, we should, “Do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear.” (v. 16) Do this so that those causing you to suffer will bear witness to the saving power of Jesus in your life.