Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Clear Instructions

As wives we are called to be wise edifiers of the home (Proverbs 14:1).  That may seem a daunting task, but God would never ask us to do something and not provide clear instructions as to how to get it done.

How do we edify our homes?  The answer comes in 1 Peter 3:1-6.  

 1Wives, in the same way be submissive to your 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, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, 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. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

1.  submission-yielding to my husband's God-given authority as the head of the home believing that he has my best interest at heart because he fears and is submitted to God
2.  lives in obedience to God's Word
3.  walks in integrity and is respectful
4. focused on the internal and eternal
5.  gentle and quiet spirit
6.  lives a life of faith

Think about what the opposite looks like:
1.  rebellious- defying or resisting my husband's God-given authority as the head of the home believing he is self-seeking and disobedient to God
2.  lives in disobedience to God's Word (remember partial obedience is disobedience)
3.  lies and is disrespectful
4.  focused on the external and temporary
5.  is harsh, cruel, loud, and disruptive
6.  operates in fear

Which list do you resemble most?

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