-Peter begins this chapter with some instructions for wives and husbands. Wives are to be subject to their husbands in obedience, respectful, and display pure conduct with inside beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit verses external adornments. This is precious in God’s sight. Women are to do good and not be fearful of anything that is frightening (1 Peter 3:1-6). Husbands are to live with their wives in an understanding manner, showing them honor because they are a weaker vessel and co-heirs with their husbands of the grace of life. Prayers can be hindered if the husband and wife relationship is not what it should be in these regards (1 Peter 3:7). *Application* Our conduct in marital relationships is important as we see here in the Scripture. Abiding by these principles will set us up for the God honoring and blessed family relationship that the Holy One smiles upon. Do your best to be filled with His Spirit and love your spouse with an unadulterated and pure heart.
-All should have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind (1 Peter 3:8). We are not to repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but instead bless others as to the calling that we were given in Christ so that we may obtain a blessing. Psalm 34:12-16 is quoted for those desiring to see good days having love of life. We are to turn from evil and do good with our mouths in total truth. When we do this, the Lord’s eyes are upon us for blessing and His ears are open to our prayers. His face is against those who do evil though (1 Peter 3:10-12). Be zealous for good and suffer for righteousness’ sake and you will be blessed (1 Peter 3:13-14). There may be times of suffering and tribulation, but do not fear or be troubled; on the other hand, “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience (1 Peter 3:15-16). When we are slandered and reviled for goodness sake with the right heart attitude, we shame those who persecute. It is better to suffer for doing good, if it is the Lord’s will, than to do evil (1 Peter 3:17). Christ also suffered for humanity’s sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order that He might bring us to God being put to death in the flesh but being made alive in the Spirit freeing the captives (1 Peter 3:18-19). Our baptism in Him washes us to a renewed good conscience because of His resurrection power (1 Peter 3:20-22). *Application* Our hearts, minds, and lives must be stayed on Christ and His righteousness. God is our source and gives us the strength we will need to encounter everything in this life. Honor Him no matter what and He will see you through every situation.
Verse to Memorize: 1 Peter 3:15