Godly Living in the home. 1 Peter 3:1-6

Hello God’s Beloveds,

We continue our study of 1 Peter.

Peter had written how Jesus had entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly (1 Peter 2:23-24) when He went to the Cross for us, knowing He could count on the one who loved Him to be with Him, and to take care of Him.

As he continues to write under the leading of the Holy Spirit, Peter says:
“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the Word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.” 1 Peter 3: 1-6

When we see the word ‘submissive’ written to wives in the home, many women are turned off,and reject the thought. That is quiet understandable. We teach our daughters from the time they are old enough to understand, that when they marry they are equal to the husband, and that no man should dominate them. We teach them marriage is a 50-50 arrangement, and every decision that effects the home and the both of them should be agreed upon by both of them. That is truth.

Here, Peter is telling wives who are believers married to an unbeliever, that they can bring that unbelieving spouse to the truth of the Word by, and through, Godly living. This is truth. When we accept Jesus as Lord, we are born again into a new creation. A woman that has been born again will not be in harmony with a man who has not. Of course the opposite is true. That is why the scripture urges us to not be unequally yoked. It says: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common.” (2 Cor 6:14) However, if this becomes the case, Peter is telling us what the woman, or man, can do.

So is he saying a woman should call her husband master, and obey him in everything? No, he is saying this is what Sarah did. However we must remember she was married to Abraham who is considered to be the father of faith – the man God selected to father a new nation. Sarah believed in him. Peter is saying, “you are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.” We do what is right by going straight to the Lord Jesus every day and letting Him show us the Way. We must believe in Him – we must believe in our spouse.

He is saying that our behavior can change lives for the good. Whether we are the wife, or the husband, married to an unbeliever.
He is saying that a gentle and quiet spirit is a thing of great and unfading beauty, and is of great worth in the sight of God. Whether we are man or woman, this kind of Godly living eventually makes us beautiful to our partner. A beauty that will never fade. The Lord will use it to bring harmony and love into our home. What a wonderful place to be.

The Word says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21 When both man and wife have received Christ in their lives – perhaps because of the way the believer lived in front of the other- and they submit one to another, they will come to entrust themselves to each other. They will come to trust each other in all things because they will know how much they are loved. There shall be no doubt that they shall take care of each other.

Let us remember daily how Godly living in our home can impact every person in it, my Friends. Let us remember how we represent the Good News. We may be the only Bible some people see.

Have a good day, my Brothers and Sisters, in Christ Jesus – He is the Good News.

Blessings and Love to you, and yours,

Poppa B.

Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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