Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.—1 Peter 3:1-2
For some, these words are hard to read. For example, a wounded wife who suffers the abuse of a husband or those who believe that the Bible's teaches are old, antiquated, and set in a time that is far more unschooled than ours. But Peter has been making this point to men for two chapters now. He has told us that one of the great ways to win over those who are lost or oppressive is to persuade them with respectful and pure conduct. And the principal example he has been leveraging is the suffering of Jesus. Why should his example in this situation bother us at all? Is it truly more challenging than the suffering of Jesus? Or could it be that we have our notions of utopia and would rather avoid suffering than know even a little of the suffering of Jesus?
Today don't back down from suffering by acting unrighteous, protesting suffering, or even complaining about your present situation. Instead, try this! Stand strong. Be righteous. Suffer longer. And thus win others with respectful and pure conduct.
ASK THIS: Do you want to learn the ways of Jesus?
DO THIS: Suffer well and be righteous, and win others.
PRAY THIS: God, may I not shy away from spiritual discomfort. But welcome the teaching of spiritual suffering. Your suffering is my hope, may I preach the same message.
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