• Respectful Wives Devotional

    1 Peter 3:1–2

    Though Peter has the wives of non-believers in mind here, the teaching of Scripture makes it clear that the command for wives to respect the authority of their husbands is incumbent upon all married women. If you are married, do you respect your husband, or do you subtly or overtly undermine his authority? If you are the husband, are you exercising authority in a way undeserving of respect? Do what you can to obey this command in your marriage. View Resource

  • Lasting Beauty Devotional

    1 Peter 3:3–6

    This passage has a message for men and women. Unlike the surrounding culture, we are not to be vainly concerned with our physical attractiveness, but we are to develop the permanent inward beauty of a godly character. Take some time to consider how concerned you are with your physical appearance. Begin to model a godly character and get rid of anything that would cause you to focus vainly on your outward beauty. View Resource

  • Understanding Husbands Devotional

    1 Peter 3:7

    In several other places in the Bible, husbands are told to love their wives (Eph. 5:25). Today’s passage tells us that this is truly accomplished when husbands respect and honor their wives. John Calvin notes, “for nothing destroys the friendship of life more than contempt; nor can we really love any but those whom we esteem; for love must be connected with respect.” If you are married, remind your wife today in word and deed how much you love and respect her. View Resource

  • A Tender Heart Devotional

    1 Peter 3:8–9

    John Calvin says that though it is quite difficult to bless our enemies, “we ought to imitate in this case our heavenly Father, who makes his sun to rise on the unworthy.” Even our Lord pours many earthly blessings on those who would rise up against Him. Go before the Lord in prayer and ask Him to enable you to seek the well-being of people you do not like. Do good today to one of them, perhaps by offering a compliment or giving a gift. View Resource

  • The Eyes of the Lord Devotional

    1 Peter 3:10–12

    When we relate the command to bless our enemies to the rest of Scripture we may fall into one of two extremes. We can either put ourselves into unnecessary dangers by refusing always to defend ourselves, or we can use the principle of retribution as an excuse for never showing mercy to anyone. Go before the Lord in prayer today and ask Him to guide you in applying His commands. Study diligently so that you might know how to love those who hate you. View Resource

  • A Division of Labor Devotional

    1 Peter 3:13–14a

    God is a God of order, not a God of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). Thus, it makes sense that He would establish an orderly division of labor in His creation. This division of labor goes beyond church and state, of course, with the Lord establishing specific duties for husbands, wives, servants, and many others. We must respect these assigned duties if we are to live in a manner that pleases God. View Resource

  • A Gentle Defense Devotional

    1 Peter 3:13–17

    Are you equipped to be a defender of the faith? Have you studied things such as the historical background of Scripture and the evidence for Christ’s resurrection so that you can answer the critics of our faith? As you answer, are you concerned with being gentle and respectful? Take some time today to review some of the evidences for the truth of the Christian faith. Afterwards, spend some time focusing on the gentleness of Christ and your need to imitate it in your defense. View Resource

  • Defenders of the Faith Devotional

    1 Peter 3:15

    Irenaeus’ confrontation of the Gnostic heresy reminds us that Christianity is a public religion. God revealed Himself in Christ to many people and not just to a select few, and there is no secret oral tradition that has been handed down through the ages and is the possession only of select leaders. The New Testament gives us the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, and whatever is not taught therein may not be used as a test of orthodoxy. View Resource

  • Paying for Our Sin Devotional

    1 Peter 3:18

    Christ not only died for us, He lived for us as well. Understanding this point helps to assure us of our salvation. We are, of course, called to please God through obeying His will. Nevertheless, we realize that the best of our obedience is still not enough. But if we understand that Christ has obeyed the Law perfectly in our place, we are released from worry about our righteous status and freed to love God and neighbor by His Spirit. View Resource

  • The Spirits in Prison Devotional

    1 Peter 3:18–20

    Today’s passage holds up Christ as our primary model for enduring suffering. Yet in some ways, Noah too serves as an example for us. He did good among men who slandered him because of their sin just as we might be slandered for being in Christ (1 Peter 3:16). Like Noah, we need not fear these foes, for we too will be vindicated and spared God’s wrath. And like Noah, Christ too will speak through us by the Spirit. Ask Jesus to speak through you just as He did with Noah. View Resource

  • The Sign and the Thing Signified Devotional

    1 Peter 3:18–22

    Scripture frequently describes the sacraments as accomplishing certain things without telling us how they do so. Thus, we must take care in describing how baptism and the Lord’s Supper are used by God to accomplish the promises conveyed therein. As with many spiritual truths, God gives us certain parameters and boundaries, and to go beyond what God says is to risk falling into great error. View Resource

  • Baptism and Salvation Devotional

    1 Peter 3:21

    Throughout history, God has entered into covenants with a visible covenant community, a community identified by its profession of faith. However, not everyone in the visible covenant community possesses faith. Only those who trust in Christ alone are a part of the invisible church, which gets its name from the fact that the true state of others’ hearts is invisible to us but not to God. We must put our faith in Jesus to receive the benefits signified in baptism. View Resource

  • Baptism and Salvation Devotional

    1 Peter 3:21–22

    Noah’s curse on his son Ham (Gen. 9:20–25) shows us that not all who were saved by identifying themselves visibly with Noah actually had true faith. Today many outwardly profess Christ and have been baptized, but because they lack saving faith have not been united to Him. Only those who are truly in Jesus will be spared God’s eternal wrath. If you have never trusted Jesus, trust Him today. If He is your Lord, look to your baptism as a sign of your union with Him. View Resource