How do you treat others?
We see many families in church now which is amazing but when Peter was around it was slightly different. When a man became a Christian, he would usually bring his whole family to church with him. But if the woman of the household became a Christian she would usually have to go to church alone. Under Roman laws, the husband/father had complete authority over all members of his household, including his wife. Peter reassured Christian women who were married to non-believers that they did not need to preach to their husbands but have godly behaviour. When Peter called women the “weaker” partner, he does not imply moral or intellectual inferiority but recognizes women’s physical limitations. Women in his day, if unprotected by a man, were very vulnerable to attack. Women’s lives may be easier now but they are still somewhat vulnerable. Inspite of the opportunities women have in the work place, a lot of women still earn a lot less than men.
If a man is not considerate and respectful to his wife, his prayers will not be heard because God expects us to be kind to everyone. A changed life speaks loudly and clearly, and is often the most effective way to influence a family member. Peter instructs Christian wives to develop inner beauty rather than being overly concentrated about their outward appearance. Their husbands will be won over by love rather than looks.
We should not be fixated with fashion or beauty, but not so unconcerned that we ‘let ourselves go’. Hygiene, neatness and grooming are important as well. True beauty begins inside. Peter lists five key elements that should characterize any group of believers. 1) One mind – pursuing goals, independence and self control. 2) Sympathy – being responsive to others’ needs. 3) Loving each other as brothers and sisters. 4) Tenderness – being sensitive and caring. 5) Humility – being willing to encourage others. Nowadays it’s easy to show someone resentment if we have been hurt by them. Peter says that we should be kind to those who have hurt us and pray for them.
Help us to forgive others that hurt us. Show them love and hold them. Thank you for creating men and women in your image so that we are all equal.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
When someone is unkind to you just let it go and don’t think about it. Hold on to the good things around you and not the bad. Everyday think about a good thing that God has given you recently and that Him for it.