Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Do Wives Always Submit?
Our teacher, Linda presented
a Bible lesson taken from 1 Peter chapter 3. I took notes as she brought us the study
from God's word and present a summary here.
1 Peter 3 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your
own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be
won by the conversation (holy behavior) of the wives;While they behold your chaste conversation coupled
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
husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the
wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of
life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Note the word says submit “to your
OWN husband.” Not necessarily to other men as they are not your husband. I once knew a Pastor who thought the congregation should submit to his authority. If a Pastor is being controlling and not himself submitted to God's word that is a warning signal.
A look at another
translation gives us a deeper breath, about inward beauty.Notice it is NOT telling woman it is wrong to
dress in style, or wear jewelry, but stressing the importance of a gentle and right
Sara obeyed her husband when
he told her to lie, in order to save his life. The King found out about Abraham's lie, but spared his life.
Husbands should never ask their wives to sin or do anything against their conscience.
We are to be subject to God
first, then to the authority of our husband, our boss, or leaders over us.It is difficult at times to be humble, but
our holy conduct will be an example to others.
God is not impressed with
pious prayers, even those written out, or memorized.God is listening for the cry of our heart,
and desires us as women to have a gentle and quiet spirit.Not a person, trying to get attention, but submissive
in service first to God, then to rulers, employers, wives to husbands, and
youth to their elders.
Honor your husband knowing
God has a plan in the background to bring about a good life.Some things are perishable, but God brings
the natural into the supernatural.
The flesh must die.This means dying to self or selfishness. Being willing to put others first, especially your husband.
Notice the duty of the
husband to give his wife honor knowing that the two of you are “one.”He is responsible for her and should treat
her with kindness and respect, lest his prayers be hindered.
A husband should be cautious
and not take advantage of his place, or be controlling and dictatorial with an
angry attitude.He needs to be
considerate of his wife's feelings and view her as an equal, not crushing her spirit but
allowing her to be her own person.
Each person in a marriage has
their own role and responsibility to each other using common courtesy and
showing love from a tender heart.
When Adam saw Eve for the
first time, he was happy and desired to please her, which got them into trouble
and also us.The husband must listen
carefully what his wife says, and know that the final decision weighs heavily
on his shoulders.
5:22-23Wives, submit to your own
husbands, as to the Lord,For the
husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church. . .
In every area of our life may
we seek to please God first and then our husband.