All of us who consider ourselves to be a Christian have probably heard that you should live a godly life. What exactly does that mean or look like? Does it mean you have to walk around with a real pious look on your face or acting in a very somber manner? It doesn’t mean any of those things. Let’s look at what God’s word has to say about the subject for both men and women. We can find our direction in 1 Peter 3:1-12.
Peter begins with outlining the actions and lifestyle for women in 1 Peter 3:1-5. At the very outset he says that women should be subject to their husbands. I understand for some women reading this that you might object to those instructions in light of today’s societal norms. But, it’s important to understand Peter is not only giving wives directions for their lives but he has given men similar directions. Also, Peter says women should have pure and respectful behavior toward their husbands. And finally he talks about how women should adorn themselves both on the outside and inside. Externally he says to dress in a modest manner and for the inside he says, “it should be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”
Beginning in 1 Peter 3:7, Peter defines those qualities needed by men by saying, “7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
Peter takes his instructions one step further by talking about both husband and wife and their relationship to each other by saying in 1 Peter 3:8-9, “8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, loving, compassionate, and humble; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you would inherit a blessing.
Finally, Peter gives some general instructions for all people in how to live their lives in relation to one another by saying in 1 Peter 3:10-12, “10 For “The one who desires life, to love and see good days, Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. 11 He must turn away from evil and do good; He must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against evildoers.”
Living our lives as Christians is not a burdensome task. Peter’s instructions for living life made sense back in his day as well as in our lives today. His help is straight forward, clear and comes with blessings from our heavenly Father. What more could you ask for?