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Hope for Your Marriage (9 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
I Peter 3:1-7
I'm real glad Simon Peter is talking to us about the subject of marriage because it is a subject I have wanted to talk about for several weeks now. I think you will agree with me if you are aware of what's going on in American culture and society that the institution of marriage is indeed in trouble in America. Not only marriages of those who do not know the Lord, but unfortunately, there are many Christian marriages also in trouble. In our own fellowship here it grieves me to know that there are marriages that are having complications and difficulties.
There's a difference between a wedding and a marriage. A wedding takes just a few minutes. A marriage takes a lifetime. A wedding is a ceremony. A marriage is a life experience.
Simon Peter was a married man. We know that from the scriptures. So he is speaking to us not only from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but he also is speaking out of his own experience. He is talking to us about the subject of marriage. He is talking about the relationship between the wife and the husband and the husband and the wife.
I want to point out to the ladies that he writes six verses for the wives and one verse for the husband. I'm saying that for my own protection because if I preach six times as long to the women this morning as I do for the men, I'm doing it because that's what Peter laid out for me.
But actually all seven of these verses wrap around the subject of the wife. What you have here in scripture is a beautiful picture of a godly wife. I'm sure that the desire of every wife in this building is to be a godly wife, that you be the kind of wife that the Lord desires you to be for your husband.
I. A Godly Wife's Testimony.
I want you to notice first of all in the opening verses what I'm going to call a godly wife's testimony. He begins by saying, "Likewise, ye wives." He seems to be dealing with a particular situation in these verses. In the New Testament time there were those who were coming to know the Lord, and it was not uncommon for a wife to be converted and come to know Jesus as her Savior and her husband to be unsaved.
We know the Bible is very specific that believers are not to marry unbelievers. The Bible says that we are free to marry whom we will in the Lord. You are to marry a Christian mate. I don't know how anybody can expect their marriage to be anything of what God expects it to be if you consciously and knowingly disobey God's Word and marry someone who does not share your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Evidently these were wives who already were married, had come to know the Lord as their Savior, and their husband was unsaved. It is a specific situation here.
The Bible makes it plain that the wife in that situation is not to leave her unbelieving husband. First Corinthians 7, verse 13, says, "And the woman who hath an husband that be ...
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