- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Peter 3
Living holy life.
The household code in chapter 3 addresses wives and husband (1-7). “Wives.. submit to your husband. Husbands… be considerate and treat your wife with respect.” Mutual submit upholds the holy life in the house. Peter’s household code focuses on missional statement that wives of unbelieving husbands are encouraged to submit so that they win their husbands over to Christ.
Suffering for doing good (8-22). Peter’s quotation of Psalm 34:12-16 in verses 10-12 calls on his audience reason to resist payback when they are mistreated and to bless those who are hostile toward them. Peter understand that they cannot truly be hurt if they are suffering on account of their good attitudes and behavior because their suffering is the result of their righteousness, obeying to Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ didn’t suffer because he was evil rather he suffered so that others might escape the power of sin. And he was resurrected and is now at God’s right side, where he reigns over all. In the same way the suffering of Christians can bring people to faith, and they look ahead to the time when God will honor them for their faithfulness in the midst of wrongful suffering.
Verse 19 can be understood that Jesus Christ descended into the place of the dead in order to declare victory over death and the devil.
The flood of Noah and his family is an example of righteous persons whom God saved through water. Similarly, believers in Jesu are saved through the water of baptism.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.