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A Model For Families
By Donald V Cobbs
Saturday, September 22, 2007

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A Model for Families

In a society struggling for equality of the sexes, 1 Peter 3: 1-12 may seem obsolete at first glance. On closer study, however, the passage seems a natural continuation of the teaching of the New Testament church on the power of love to bring God’s people together.
Wives and husbands are urged to love and respect each other.
Wives are urged to submit-to recognize their husbands’ role as head of house. The wife is urged to live a pure and reverent life as a means of winning her husband to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Moreover husbands are admonished to be considerate of and thoughtful toward their wives and give honor to them. This teaching doe not suggest that one partner or another possesses inferior or superior status. It does suggest that husbands and wives should serve one another with love and humility.
Christian families are urged to “be sympathetic, love as brothers, and be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult” (1 Peter 3: 8-9). These are words of refreshing gentleness and flexibility in a world where all too often people seek revenge and retaliation.
A significant difference can be made in our society if members of families would determine to begin to practice forgiveness, reconciliation, and love for one another rather than to carry on practices of abuse, domination, and retaliation.

“O God, our heavenly Father, we thank you that you have deepened our love for each other. We praise you for all the joys of our home and family. Help us to practice love instead of hatred, to reconcile rather than retaliate, and to exemplify all that is Christ like in our home, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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