Christian Wives and Husbands
1 Peter 3:1-7
(1) In the same way, wives submit (humble) yourselves to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe in God’s word, they can be won over without words by your behavior, (2) when they see the purity and holiness of your lives. (3) Your beauty should not come from your outward appearance—such as fancy hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. (4) Rather, your beauty should be a reflection of the inner life of your heart, the everlasting beauty of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which has great value in God’s sight. (5) For this is how the holy women in the past (of the Old Testament) who put their hope in God used to demonstrate their beauty. They submitted themselves to their husbands, (6) even as Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him “sir” (lord). And you are Sarah’s daughters if you do what is right and do not live a life of fear.
(7) Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with honor (respect) as your delicate partner and as equal heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered and ineffective.
Exalt Jesus Christ In Your Hearts
1 Peter 3:8-22
(8) Finally, all of you believers, be like-minded (live in harmony), be caring and love one another, be compassionate and humble. (9) Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because you were called to do so that you might inherit a blessing. (10) For it is written in Psalm 34:12-16, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. (11) They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. (12) For the Lord’s eyes are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the Lord’s face is against those who do evil.” (13) No one is going to mistreat you if you are passionate to do good. (14) But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. As it is written in Isaiah 8:12, “Do not fear their threats, do not be frightened.” (15) Instead, in your hearts exalt Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to tell them the reason for the hope that is in you. But talk to others with gentleness and respect, (16) keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame for their slander.
(17) For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. (18) For Christ also suffered once for sins—the righteous for the unrighteous—to bring you to God. He was put to death in his body but made alive by the Holy Spirit. (19) After being raised to life, Jesus went and proclaimed to the imprisoned spirits (see 2 Peter 2:4; Ephesians 1:20-21)—(20) to those who disobeyed long ago (in the Old Testament) when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only eight people were saved from the floodwaters. (21) And this floodwater corresponds to (New Testament) water baptism that now saves you also—not because it washes dirt off the body but because it is the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (22) who has ascended into heaven and is enthroned at God’s right hand in authority—with angels, authorities, and powers subject under his sovereign control.