Following Christ – Part 2Bro. David Chancellor
2/27/2011 6:00 PM
1 Peter 3:1-6
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Jesus is our example. He was unjustly and unfairly treated. It is our job to live to bring glory and honor to God. Peter talks to the servants in chapter 2. His thoughts here are addressed to the wives and their life at home. The unsaved husbands are to see Jesus in their wives. The wife should live the life of a Christian before him. All wives should have the word so much a part of them that their lives show what the Bible teaches. Submission isn’t popular, but it is needed. How we live at home matters. Live the life of a Christian all day every day.
The outward adornment isn’t as important as the real you. People often value things that don’t have much value. God values a meek and quiet spirit. Your family should see God in your life. God wants you to present something better, the real Spirit of God. Even saved husbands need to see Jesus in you. They need to have confidence in your prayers.
1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Husbands, too, get addressed. Their life at home matters. Do you know about your wife and her needs? “…giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel…” If she is giving honor and respect to you, she isn’t getting her own way and you shouldn’t be getting yours. Don’t take advantage of your position. Dwell with her with knowledge. Understand what her position means for her. Make demands of yourself for her benefit. God intended that husbands give honor to their wives, that when she takes the weaker position, that you take on the sacrifice. Often she is capable and has insights and understanding. Just because she is the weaker vessel doesn’t mean she’s lacking.
A saved couple posses the same thing and are working to the same end. They are heirs together. In too many cases, the wives have the grace and the men need to get down to business. The men have a part in lifting up God. There’s work for God to be done in the home through the labors of the husband and wife. Disunity in the home hinders prayer. It has to work at home first. We need to live for God at home first. You can’t separate the work of God from your home life. We need it in the home. Husband’s attitudes toward their wives are as important as the wives toward the husbands. We all have to be down to business about serving God and walking with him.
1 Peter 3:8-11
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
In summation, it applies to everyone. Be what God wants. We all need to want what God wants. That’s how all Christians will be in fellowship. Live out the gospel such that it honors God. Every true child of God wants to do God’s will. Have compassion. The battles others face are hard for them. Love as brethren. Love should go with compassion. Be pitiful, be courteous. Courteous – friendly thoughtfulness. Society needs courtesy to come back. Christians should be courteous.
“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” Christians should treat people well even when they receive bad treatment. Railing – trash talk. Paul faced railing when he was brought before the judge and the high priest said, “Smack him.” (See Acts 23:1-5.) Don’t back talk. Bless when that happens. Share the blessing God has given you.
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:” Don’t be saying bad things to people, that includes gossip. Watch what comes out of your mouth. Check your attitudes. Avoid bad stuff. Pursue peace.
1 Peter 3:12-17
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
God is watching you. He can see what you are up against and he has an answer for it. He’s listening for our prayers. Some things God handles before we encounter them. Sometimes he would have us ask.
“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;” Difficult times sometimes come, but God is still taking care of us. God doesn’t like evil. He won’t bless it. He is interested in wicked people and will put things in their way to help turn them around.
“And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” Have you thought about this? Follow after that which is good. Invest in people. Do good to people. In your difficult hours, those good things will come back. If you follow after good things, it pays off. “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;” We don’t have to be terrified of terrorism. It wouldn’t be a bad thing to go to heaven. We don’t have to be afraid of trouble. Lift God up in your heart. Reverence him. Be ready to tell people why your life is as it is. If people ask, tell them. Some people will still treat you badly. If we live as God would have us to live, we don’t have to be ashamed, even if we have to suffer for doing good. We can know things are right between us and God. Reverence and honor God and hold him as the highest. Read God’s word and measure your life against it.
When hard times come, go through them for Jesus. God will help you make it through. Be faithful. He’s watching over you. These are the things God wants us to do as we live for him.