This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
1 Peter 3:1-7
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, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
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1 Peter 3:1-2
Ugh. The dreaded “wives submit to your husbands” passage. The idea of submitting to my husband gives me the image of Oliver approaching Mr. Bumble with his empty bowl, quietly daring to ask for more food. In this day and age, a woman assuming a role like that under a man is extremely controversial. We are to be celebrated and raised up to an equal (or greater) status with men. And there’s no way an unbeliever could ever look on a relationship like that and think, “Gee, I want that for myself too!” But the submission Peter refers to is actually an obedience to God rather than servitude to the husband. In fact, later in verse 7, we see that God actually regards both husband and wife as equals in his eyes. And Peter’s intended audience for this passage was actually women married to “pagan men”. It’s easier to imagine an unbelieving man seeing how his wife respects him and allows him to lead the family and thinking he’d like to know more about this God she serves. This is the meekness and positive example Peter was talking about.
Ok, that’s all well and good, but I’m not married to an unbeliever. I don’t need to submit to my husband in order to win him over to God’s kingdom. Am I still expected to do so? Yes. God has appointed the husband as the head of the household, and I should respect him as such. And even though my husband is a believer, I do encounter people who aren’t. If I live my life in obedience to God, the way I carry myself, the way I respond to situations, and how I treat others will reflect that. My life and the peace I have (God’s peace that passes all understanding) can set a positive example to those watching. They’ll want it for themselves too, and that opens the door for the Holy Spirit to step in and change lives. No pressure at all! So…how can I be meek to win people over to God’s kingdom? I can continue being in the Word everyday. If I learn more about who God is and who He wants me to be, I can learn to actively and intentionally live that out. My life can be my evangelism.
God, it’s easy to say, but it’s so hard to do. I’m not a very meek and humble person, and society encourages me to be strong, independent, and proud. But I want to be a woman of God, not of the world. So help me to remain strong and focused. Help me fight the distractions trying to keep me from being the person You want me to be. Help me fight the contrary messages I’m inundated with all day long. Help me to listen and understand what You want me to do, how You want me to act. Give me the courage to live it out and shine Your light when everyone else is trying to keep me from standing out, standing UP for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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