Devotions of Radiance

Monday, May 11, 2009


Reading the first 6 verses of this it feels like it does not apply to me, because I am a man. And the last verse seems slightly inappropriate too as I am not married. However I feel that every verse can be used by God to speak to us. So here is what I am getting out of this verse.

In context, the book of 1 Peter is written to Christians facing persecution in a world where they have little or no rights. In particular regarding women who were bound to their husbands' wills and those who were Christian suffered not only in the pain of loved ones not knowing the gospel, but also in that they were not allowed to freely express their love for their Creator in their own homes. The first 6 verses of this text (1peter3) are an encouragement to continue persevering through these hard times, being submissive to that authority which seems to restrict them from living as who they truly are. Why? Because that perseverence, when it comes to God, will create fruit that change not only their lives, but also the lives of those around them. "that they may be won over without words [but] by the behavior of their wives."

So maybe this doesn't just apply to "wives" but to anyone who is in a situation where they cannot express their love for Christ without persecution. We need to keep persevering and the fruit we will reap will change lives!

The last verse is to men. Husbands. A reminder to those who are blessed with a family knowing Christ. We have an incredible blessing, but that blessing does not just belong to us, but to those with us as well. We are all heirs to the "gracious gift of life." So perhaps this verse is not just to men, but to anyone who has forgotten what we are blessed with. The people around us and the relationship we have with Christ, and no matter what our circumstances regarding lifestyle, riches, time, looks, we have so much and we need to respect what we have and be so incredible thankful for it.

For those men with women, treat them with respect, love them, do not poke the fragile glass which has put all its trust in you to keep it whole, and your blessings will continue to shine in on you as you look to the sky and thank God for all he has done for your life!


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