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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Word Remains Forever: Day 21


1 Peter 3:1-6 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives- when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external- the braiding of hair, the wearing of gold, or the putting on of clothing- but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
Peter has taught us how we are to show honor and respect to our governing authorities and employers thus far. Today, he turns our attention towards the family. He gives instructions to wives and husbands in how they are to love and honor each other. Today, Peter’s words are directed at wives (but husbands, listen up!).

It is no longer popular to talk about wives submitting to their husbands. Many wedding ceremonies no longer use the biblical language in the vows. Too many men have abused their responsibility as leaders in the home, thus giving “submission” a bad name.

Perhaps we need to be reminded of what it is God is calling wives to submit to. Read Ephesians 5:25-33. God has called men to be the leaders in their homes, but to lead as Christ has led the church. That is, He is to lay down his life for his wife. He is to protect and provide for his wife and family. He is to live and die for his bride, so that she is beautifully adorned and unconditionally loved.

Wives, you are called by God to make this a joy for your husband. Honor him, thank him, build him up so that he knows you appreciate him. Forgive him when he fails. Even if he is not a Christian, he is still your husband whom God has called you to love. Do this all, yes, out of love for your husband, but even more, to the glory of God, knowing that this is how His Son Jesus has loved you.

+PRAYER+
Father, forgive me for caring more about my rights than my spouse. Teach me to love and honor my spouse. Teach us all to celebrate your marvelous gift of marriage. AMEN!

*The symbol on the top of this devotional stands for “Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum.” It is a Latin phrase which means “The Word of the Lord endures forever.” This phrase, based on I Peter 1:24-25, served as the battle cry of the Lutheran reformers as it reminded them that God’s Word alone was sufficient to teach them God’s will. The symbol was on flags, banners, uniforms, and even swords as a sign of unity among those who suffered for confessing their faith in Christ alone. *

Pastor Bob

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