How to have a Submissive Wife and other Tall Tales.
Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: How to have a submissive wife and other tall tales!
This week, we come to the end of our sermon series, “How to have a Submissive Wife and other Tall Tales.” We turn to 1 Peter 3:1-9 to understand God’s desire for the husband and wife relationship. Peter is seeking to encourage these early Christians as they are confronting the adversity and persecution of the Roman society. This is especially written to wives whose husbands were not Christians. For a wife to choose a different faith than her husband was not acceptable to the first century world. Peter wants these women to understand the power of being a witness to the transforming love of Jesus. However, he also addresses the husbands, as to how they are to treat their wives. Once again, when we fully understand these words, they challenge us to build stronger relationships, and to love one another as Christ loved us, especially as husbands and wife. Let these words challenge you to accept a greater measure of the love of Jesus into your heart and life! 1 Peter 3:1-9 (NLT2): In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives. Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands. For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do. In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered. Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.