1 Peter 3

Author

Ernie Morales

Scripture

1 Peter 3:1-22

Observation

  • Peter starts off by telling wives to accept the authority God has given to the husband
  • By doing this and living a godly life, the husband who is not living a godly life will eventually be won over by her example
  • He then instructs wives to make inward beauty more of a priority over outward beauty because this is precious to God
  • Then he gives an example of the women from the Old Testament
  • Peter then turns to husbands and tells them to honor their wives, treat her with understanding
  • She is the equal partner and the prayers of the husband may be hindered if she is not treated as God wants
  • Now Peter turns and gives a command to all Christians in regards to unity.  Be of one mind, sympathize with each other, love each other, be tender hearted, keep a humble attitude, bless people when they insult you
  • He then references Psalm 34 on how to enjoy life, which is by keeping our tongues from speaking evil and telling lies. Do good, turn from evil, search for peace and work to maintain it. The Lord watches over those who do right and hears their prayers. He also turns his face to those who do evil
  • Peter now turns to suffering and lets us know that Christians will suffer
  • However, he points out it is better to suffer for doing good and not to be afraid
  • Worship Jesus and be ready to explain the hope we have.  Do it in a gentle and respectful way
  • Jesus suffered for doing good for us but was raised to life
  • There are different interpretations to the next verses.  However, what we can take from them is that Jesus conquered death and that he was resurrected
  • He has now gone to heaven and is SEATED at the right hand of God and He has all authority

Application

There is a lot to take from 1 Peter 3.  However, one thing that stands out to me is that the body of Christ needs more unity.  We need to learn how to love each other.  We all have differences in what we believe or how we worship.  We need to have humble hearts and treat each other with tenderness, especially those to whom we disagree with.  Jesus said that the world will know that we are His disciples by our love for one another.  Loving each other is easy when we agree and see things the same.  But what about when we don’t?  The command is still the same, which is to love one another.  I always have to check my heart and attitude towards others and have repented plenty of times when it wasn’t in the right place.

Prayer

Lord I pray that you would reveal to me anytime my heart is prideful.  Help me recognize that people are in different places of growth in You.  Lord I pray for myself that I would always be in unity with the body of Christ.  I pray that the body of Christ will be in unity with each other and with You.  Lord give us humble hearts so that we treat each other with tenderness.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Ernie,
I like the question you posed regarding agreeing with each other - "..but what about when we don't?" That is where our faith struggles against our flesh. The series that Joel is currently teaching is a good litmus test for this for not all of us agree on the little details, - and not even the big picture always. So my "rights" have to take back seat to humility and tenderness and the need to be right. In a sense, this is a small picture of suffering (v17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil) and servant hood. God always provides a way out of temptation, and in holding my tongue or opinion in order to temper my pride, I can share the fellowship of Christ in a very real and practical way. Lord, do a work in me today.

Mon, August 10, 2015 @ 8:20 AM

2. Joel King wrote:
I agree, it seems the main point of this passage is that we are to lay down our "rights" and serve one another. Peter knows it will be tough and at times we will suffer in doing this, but he reminds us this was the love that Jesus showed us. We are to follow his example in loving each other unconditionally, even when it hurts. I hate it when serving hurts. But perhaps serving only when it feels good really isn't serving at all. The Holy Spirit is stirring in me this morning that there is still a lot of my self that needs to die. Still trying to do things in order to fulfill my will and not his. One step at a time. :)

Mon, August 10, 2015 @ 1:24 PM

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