LIFe with God: February 3

Posted on February 3, 2011

Scripture

1 Peter 3:1-12 (NET)

(1) In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live, (2) when they see your pure and reverent conduct. (3) Let your beauty not be external — the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes — (4) but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. (5) For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, (6) like Sarah who obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so. (7) Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers. (8) Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. (9) Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing. (10) For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit. (11) And he must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. (12) For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil.

Observation

How are husbands and wives to interact and live? How are believers to respond when insulted or defamed?

Application

Do I interact with the people in my life according to the instructions in this passage? Do I return evil for evil, or do I bless those who insult and defame me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Lord God, I pray for Christian wives, that they would be subject to their own husbands. Then, even if some husbands are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way their wives live, when they see their pure and reverent conduct. Let their beauty not be external — the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes –but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in Your sight. May husbands, in the same way, treat their wives with consideration as the weaker partners and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder their prayers. Finally, may all of us be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. Remind me not to return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because I was called to inherit a blessing. I want to love life and see good days, so help me keep my tongue from evil and my lips from uttering deceit. I must turn away from evil and do good; I must seek peace and pursue it. For Your eyes, Lord, are upon the righteous and Your ears are open to their prayer. But Your face is against those who do evil. I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministries:

  • Provenance
  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for the salvation of the lost & for seekers to find Jesus

  • Readiness to repent
  • Hearts prepared to hear God’s voice
  • A Deep dissatisfaction and unrest with life without Him
  • Godly influences

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28 (NET)

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