Saturday, May 10, 2008
A Beautiful Woman - 1 Peter 3.1-6
1Pet. 3:1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your 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, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, 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. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
This is such a powerful passage and picture of beauty for women. What a challenge for a wife to be submissive to a husband who does not believe. I believe men can be won over by submission, purity, reverence, and a gentle and quiet spirit. When women put their hope in God and do not give way to fear, this is very attractive to men.
Of course it is my opinion that when a man loves and leads well, it is much easier for a woman to respond and follow.
Gents, how are you loving? How are you leading? Let's make it easy for our wives to respect and respond.