1 Peter 3:1-7
Focused Text: 1 Peter 3:1, 7
Order brings about stability. Knowing this, the Lord clearly delineated the ordering of family life to the Apostles, who passed this on to us, as we find in several New Testament passages. Both Peter and Paul (see Eph. 5:22-6:4, Col. 3:18-21) wrote letters containing explicit guidelines regarding believers’ respective roles in their households. However, many Christians in our culture have never taken these instructions to heart, supposing that they are either outdated or culturally bound (i.e. not applicable in our ‘progressive’ society).
So how do we know that these commands aren’t culturally bound and outdated? In the case of all such texts the simple answer is found within the reasons given for the commands. Peter’s writings are no exception. Peter tells believing women to submit to their husbands so that they may win over disobedient husbands (3:1b) and because the exemplary women of faith who came before them lived in such a manner (3:5). Likewise, husbands must live with their wives in a gentle, honorable manner because they are co-heirs of salvation, and disobedience to this command would hinder their prayer lives (3:7).
Take some time to think or talk through the following questions with a view to applying the passage in your own life.
- How seriously do I take these commands for husbands and wives? Do I view them as supracultural (i.e. applicable across time and culture) or culturally bound?
- If married, am I striving to respect my role as a believing husband or wife? If unmarried, am I currently developing convictions around this text?
At our Crossing Campus in Pleasanton, our church family is going through a Sunday sermon series 1 Peter: The Sojourner’s Hope. (Audio sermons available online.)
We sincerely believe that the more we interact with and apply God’s Word, the greater impact it will have on our hearts and in our lives. Therefore, we encourage you to make use of these devotionals in your personal or family devotion times as well as small groups.
You can download the full devotional (16 weeks) on our church homepage or pick one up at our Information Desk on Sundays.