"In the Same Way" - 1 Peter 3:1-9

"In the Same Way" - 1 Peter 3:1-9

A quick note:
As a white man I have approached this sermon, and the one from the previous week, with a deep appreciation that I do not know what it is like to live as a descendant of the legacy of slavery or a woman, in a world where the effects of the evils of slavery, racism, and misogyny are present and real. In the end, God did not listen to my excuses and dragged me, despite my best efforts, to confront these texts. In the end, God revealed to me that the profound message of these passages is very different than the abusive ways they have been used against others. I pray that our congregation, and others who stumble upon this sermon, might be similarly blessed.

Yours in Christ,

1 Peter 3:1-9(NRSV)

Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight. It was in this way long ago that the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves by accepting the authority of their husbands. Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord. You have become her daughters as long as you do what is good and never let fears alarm you.

Husbands, in the same way, show consideration for your wives in your life together, paying honor to the woman as the weaker sex, since they too are also heirs of the gracious gift of life—so that nothing may hinder your prayers.

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.

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