Be like Jesus

Wives- in the same way as Christ- no retaliation, no threats. Entrusting yourself to God be submissive to your husband that through your behavior you’ll win him to the Lord. Let him see your purity and reverence, your inner beauty, your gentle and quiet spirit because these things have great value to God. This is how the wives of old made themselves beautiful.

Husbands- in the same way as Christ- be marked by peace, mercy and grace. Entrust yourself to God and be considerate of your wives. Treat them with respect as the weaker partner and heirs with you in life- the gracious gift of God. You are required by God to treat your wives with humility by serving them and lowering yourself, this is true leadership. When you lead In this way, your prayers will be made effective. All- live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic and love deeply. Be compassionate and humble by not repaying evil with evil or insult with insult but with a blessing. You were called to this in order to receive the blessing:

Whoever would live life and see good days

must keep his tongue form evil and mouth from deceitful speech.

He must turn from evil and do good, he must seek and pursue speech.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears

are attentive to their speech

but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

Who will harm you if you do good? But, even if you suffer for doing good, you will be blesses. Do not live in fear as the world lives in fear. In your heart set apart Christ as Lord, always ready to give reason for the hoe within you. But…

Give this reason in gentleness and humility with a clear conscience. Some will speak against you maliciously and eventually they will be ashamed of their slander. It’s better to suffer for being obedient to God’s will than for doing evil. Christ- )the Righteous) died for you (the unrighteous) to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body and made alive by the Spirit. This same Spirit that took him to the spirits in prison to preach to them long ago- in the time of Noah.

In that time, only eight were saved and they were saved through water. This water symbolizes the water of baptism that now saves YOU. Not because of the removal of dirt from your body but because of the pledge of a clean conscience. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus who went to heaven and is now at the right hand of God- with all things being in submission to him.

1 Peter 3- paraphrased from NIV 1984

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