Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own 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 elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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 adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1Peter 3:1-8)
This week we continue in our new sermon series “EXILES” as we walk through the book of 1 Peter. Peter writes to those who are in spiritual exile, scattered throughout a country and a culture in which they do not belong. In chapter 2 Peter encourages them not to give in to the pressures and passions of the life that they left behind when they came to faith in Jesus Christ. While it may be enticing at times to “fit in” with those around them, Peter reminds them that now, they are different, now their life in not their own and God has placed them where they are to bring honor and glory to Himself. Sometimes we forget that following Christ has a cost. May we be more than willing to pay it!
1 Peter 2:10-12 "Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation."