Archive for January 26th, 2018

1 Peter 3

1 Peter 3 begins with him speaking directly to wives.  “Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct”.  A godly wife will be submissive to her husband. This submission isn’t a reward for the husband’s good behavior; God commands it as the proper order of the home.  Submission has no requirement of any action by the husband.  But God has a different expectation of men.

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered”. A godly husband lives with his wife. He doesn’t merely share a house, but he truly lives with her. The godly husband understands the essential unity or oneness God has established between husband and wife.  Men are not superior to women in any way.  In fact, submission is man’s responsibility to protect and care for a woman.

Peter goes on to talk with all mankind.  “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind”.  Most of us are willing to have one mind, as long as that one mind is my mind! But the one mind is to be the mind of Christ.  The world does not revolve around us.  It needs to revolve around Christ in and through us.  Peter described the kind of warm love that should be among the people of God.  We are part of the family of God and as such, need to express real love for one another.  He is watching.  “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil”.  How we live and treat one another matters!

We should live in a way that “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame”.  Jesus is the center of our universe and we need to be prepared to share the truth of our relationship with Him.  We need to be prepared to share our faith with gentleness and respect, but be prepared for the response we may receive which may not be positive at all. Our future is secure as Christ “has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him”.  He is able, more than able, to save us from all things!

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