“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. Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair, the wearing of gold, or the putting on of clothing – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:1-4).
Again it was a question of the outward behaviour of the believer being such that it would influence for good those with whom the believer lived, whether husband, wife or children. Quite what that involves today depends greatly upon individual circumstances. Perhaps only one brother or sister in a house is able to read easily. In such a case he or she can help the others to learn to read the Bible and can give helpful advice from it. In other cases, husband and wife might have different opinions. Perhaps one is strongly opposed to religion, or wants to do things which are not in accord with the teachings of Jesus. There might be some hard choices then that have to be made. But in the first place at least the believer must seek to live in accordance with the life of Christ – to be honourable in behaviour, to live at peace, to be respectful and pure in conduct, and to cultivate a gentle and quiet spirit.
We will look at what the Bible says about marriage later. For the moment it is important to note that both the apostles Peter and Paul say that we should respect and work for a demanding employer with just the same attitude of mind as if we were in a difficult marriage. For the working relationship is another opportunity to demonstrate to others that we have changed our thinking and our behaviour. It gives us the discipline that we sometimes need to make sure that we are putting into practice Christian values and attitudes. So if people are unfair to us, we will not be unfair back, but will return their unkindness with kindness. And if things are hard, it is an opportunity for us to remember just how hard things were for the Lord Jesus.
- To mean, to think, outing your opinion, conviction, belief – Menen, mening, overtuiging, opinie, geloof
- When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation
- Being religious has benefits even in this life
- I started off with the little things….
- In marriage not wounding each other
- Dignified role for the woman
- Gender roles and Multitasking parents
- Father and motherhood
- Father counterpart of the mother
- Loving and having respect for the woman
- Real marriage
- Responsibilities of Parenthood fully discharged
- Bible Guidelines for a happy marriage
- What Does The Bible Say About….Fornication?
- Different assessment criteria and a new language to be found for communicating the faith
- Object of first woe
- Silencing Women – Of God or Men ?
- Matthew 5:31-32 – 3. The Nazarene’s Commentary on Deuteronomy 24:1
- Matthew 19:3-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Grounds for Divorce
- Matthew 19:10-12 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Celibacy
- Additional comments to the 3rd Letter to the Romans
- Youngsters, parents and the search to root in life
- Two synods and life in the church community
- 72 Synod Fathers on the topic “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world”
- The Catholic synod on the family and abortion
- A Synod to speak freely and to listen without reservations
- Conclusion of the synod of bishops for seeing the family in the light of the Gospel and church tradition
- Controversial Pope
- French showing to the whole world their fear and weakness
- Women in France running with naked bosom all right but with covered bosom penalised – Prudish people having put away their shame by causing shame to others + Covering up for the Almighty
- Forced marriage and Islam
- Husband to an ancient nation
- No time for immorality
- Be holy