I started this series by talking about “The Woman” that God created. Then last week I spent quite a bit of time talking about “A True Wife!” This week I would like to share with you some additional information on this point that I believe would be of interest to you.
First Peter 3: 1-6 deals with a subject which women and men sometimes don’t like, which is submission. However, we all need to face it, and let it help us to improve our role in the home. Let’s go ahead and read from first Peter.
1 PETER 3: 1-7
1 In like manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands (subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them), so that even if any do not obey the Word (of God), they may be won over not by discussion but by the (godly) lives of their wives,
2 When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence (for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him - to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy as a husband).
3 Let not yours be the (merely) external adoring with (elaborate) interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes;
4 But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which (is not anxious or wrought up, but) is very precious in the sight of God.
5 For it was thus that the pious women of old who hoped in God were (accustomed) to beautify themselves and were submissive to their husbands (adapting themselves secondary and dependent upon them).
6 It was thus that Sarah obeyed Abraham (following his guidance and acknowledging his leadership over her by) calling him lord (master, leader, authority). And you are her true daughters if you do right and let nothing terrify you (not giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties un-nerve you).
7 In the same way you married men should live considerately with (your wives), with an intelligent recognition (of the marriage relation), honoring the woman as (physically) the weaker, but (realizing that you) are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. (Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.)
This opening of scripture has certainly given us some clear instructions on the modest conduct both the wife and the husband must adopt in a pure way, in order to have a fruitful prayer life, and the ability to enjoy each other in every way. Enjoyment means “taking pleasure and satisfaction in.” Ladies, you and your husband are for each other’s use and benefit. It is important that you learn these things and put them to practice.
I am out of time today, but God bless you and I will continue this sensitive subject next time. Until then, this is Pastor Prescod saying, “ Have a happy and restful Memorial Holiday Day weekend.”
Word for Today: "Wealth"
Are you ready for a test of Bible knowledge this morning? True or false: The Bible says, “Money is the root of all evil.” It’s a commonly held belief that God is firmly against you ever having anything. The truth is, the Bible doesn’t say, “Money is the root of all evil.” It says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” You see, God’s not against you having money, but He is against money having you. That’s a form of idolatry that’s destructive to your spirit, soul and body. In Psalms, we read that God delights in the prosperity of His servants. Don’t let distortion of Scripture rob you of the confidence to prosper. God’s Word of Wisdom for today is “Wealth.”