In 1 Peter 3, Peter was addressing a specific situation: how the wives of unsaved husbands might influence them to become Christians.He counseled the women to submit, but he was thinking of the kind of submission that is deeply catalytic, a potent secret remedy for a lost loved one.They are the marks of carefully guarded relationships with people and with God.Submission without purity and reverence has no potency, but when someone is the recipient of your humble submission and realizes that it springs not from his or her power over you but from your relationship with God, the person is changed by the experience.John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Even though we'd had a relaxing day, we hadn't had much time alone for the two of us to just talk.
Or are you single but wondering if marriage is part of God’s plan for you?
—3:7 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
— 1 Peter 3:1-2 For many people, the word submission implies serving someone else hand and foot. We assume that such deference would sap a marriage of the mutual respect and service that a marriage ought to have to make it strong and vital.
And we were about to find out how different our needs were. He was making assumptions that seemed logical to him.
Since my health scare and pregnancy, I had become fearful, timid, confused and introspective.
As we lingered on the tiny balcony watching the last fading colors of the distant sunset, we were serenaded by the music from a nearby cabana. PRAY Ask God to give each of you a discerning spirit so that you can know how to meet each other's needs regarding sex and intimacy.