September 23: How God’s Grace Changes Everything

Read 1 Peter 3:1-12

The true grace of God. We’ve seen it written a bunch of times this week. It’s the theme around which Peter wrote this letter. For it is the true and very real undeserved gift of life and forgiveness and mercy and love that changed everything about his life. It changes how we live, too.

It makes wives trust God alone for how to live. Points them straight to His ways, His peace-filled and wise methods for showing others the incredible beauty of Who He is.

“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that . . . they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives” (vv. 1-2).

Not because men are superior. Because it’s the way God said it would work. And when His people do things according to how He says they should, His grace is made known. His glory shines bright.

This true grace of God, the living hope that Peter writes about, it changes everything. It makes husbands respect their wives. Makes them see the beauty that God has given them, makes then want to treat that beauty with honor. Not because women are greater. Because it’s how God said it would work.

This true grace of God should lead us to that same kind of living. Harmony with each other. Compassion. Humility. Willingness to let offenses slide for the sake of pursuing peace.

Because God Himself gave His own life for you and me, we can live differently. We are called to live differently.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (2:24).

That’s how His glory shows through His people. It’s how people who don’t yet know the living hope start to sit up and take notice. It’s why we live the way we do — according to God’s ways, chasing the living hope that is already ours for all eternity.

brw

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