God's standard for the home

Friday, May 6
Text: 1 Peter 3:1-7 (NLT)
3 In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over 2 by observing your pure and reverent lives.
3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 5 This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands. 6 For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do.
7 In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

Question 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?

TOPIC: God's standard for the home

You will profit from reading Genesis 2:20-25 and Ephesians 5:21-33 along with today's passage. God who designed marriage has given clear principles to guide the relationship. Our marriages will weather the storms of life if we carefully follow these guidelines. Notice the link between the command for wives (v.1) and the submission of Christ to the Father's will (2:22-24a). Wife's submission to her husband does not make her inferior just as Christ's submission does not make him inferior to the Father. However, in God's design, the man is first among equals. Many husbands were not believers at Peter's time. The wives behaviour was then and continues to be a source of witness to unbelieving husbands (vs.1&2),

A woman can and should make herself beautiful on the outside. Notice, however, the more important adornment, the beauty that lasts forever (vs.3-4). Apart from Sarah, which other women in Scriptures should women model their lives after and why (vs.5,6)?

Husbands must give due respect to their wives, honour and protect them. Men must also place trust and confidence in them. Women are by nature generally not as strong physically as men Husbands therefore must use their strength to defend, not bully, their wives l├ęst their prayers with and for one another be hindered (v.7).

Reflect: Check your relationship with your spouse in the light of today's message. Have you failed in any way? Then ask for forgiveness and renew your vows to each other.

Prayer: Pray for grace to obey and fulfil your marital obligations according to God's will

Further Prayers from Prayer Bulletin
The Light of the World I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will take you by the
hand, and will keep you.... Isaiah 42:6 
Thank God for
The assurance that we have in Christ that as long as we follow him, we will never walk in darkness.
The light of life which we have in Christ Jesus.
Pray for:
The grace to continue to shine for the Master as He has placed us on top of a hill.
The deliberate living and doing good works that gives glory only to our God.
Help from above so we do not lose our saltiness in the morning, afternoon or evening of our lives. 
Pray against:
All works and walks of darkness as they will defile and disqualify us from the race.
Every spirit of fear that makes us compromise and stand with the crowd instead of daring to be different.

1Samuel 5, 6, 1Cor 14 224

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