1 Peter 3:3-7
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
In the Same Way
What is Peter referring to in his admonition to wives and husbands when he says, “in the same way?” When we stop to think about it, we realize that this passage teaches that husbands and wives are to respond to their spouses in the same way that Christ responded in yesterday’s reading. When circumstances are difficult and unfair in marriage, husbands and wives are not to react with insults, deception or retaliation. When one spouse is not being godly, the other party should not make any threats. Instead, he is to entrust himself to God. He alone is in control, and He alone has the solution. God tells us that He judges justly, and He will respond. There is not a need to threaten, insult, or to retaliate EVER! Jesus Christ is the example, and we are to respond, “in the same way” in our marriages. When and if God allows you to enter into a marriage relationship, you must be prepared to respond as Christ did, no matter what. His example does not allow us the option of acting on our feelings. One way to prepare yourself, is to act “in the same way” in relationships now. How are you doing in this area?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?