Key Verse | 1 Peter 3:12

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

Scripture | 1 Peter 3


Wives and Husbands

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 and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 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. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you 1 3:7 Some manuscripts since you are joint heirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
11  let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered 2 3:18 Some manuscripts died once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which 3 3:19 Or the Spirit, in whom he went and proclaimed 4 3:19 Or preached to the spirits in prison, 20 because 5 3:20 Or when they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Footnotes

[1] 3:7 Some manuscripts since you are joint heirs
[2] 3:18 Some manuscripts died
[3] 3:19 Or the Spirit, in whom
[4] 3:19 Or preached
[5] 3:20 Or when

The Eyes of the Lord Are on You



Devo | 1 Peter 3

Every time we read the news or scroll through social media, it is hard not to notice that our world is a very dark place. It seems that our culture is increasingly growing more hostile to the gospel and our...

Every time we read the news or scroll through social media, it is hard not to notice that our world is a very dark place. It seems that our culture is increasingly growing more hostile to the gospel and our Christian values. That hostility may hit close to home one day. Such was the environment many Christians found themselves in when Peter wrote his letter. In this letter, Peter offers hope to these believers and gives instructions on how to live in such a topsy-turvy world. The same can be said of us in our current times.

Peter opens his letter reminding us of the hope we have of eternal life with Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3-5), the importance of living a holy life (1 Peter 1:13-16), and the need to respect authority (1 Peter 2:13). When we get to chapter 3, Peter exhorts us to have unity of mind and sympathize with one another (1 Peter 3:8) and not to repay evil with evil (1 Peter 3:9). When we are insulted, we are not to retaliate but rather to bless. In other words, in a hostile world, be like Christ!

This may not be our natural reaction when we are insulted or persecuted, especially when we are insulted for our faith. Our first impulse may be to lash out, but Peter reminds us that if we seek peace we will obtain God's blessing—the blessing of knowing that His favor rests on those who are born again in Christ. As the Scripture says, "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer." (1 Peter 3:12)

This phrase "the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous" speaks to God being all-powerful and sovereign over everything. He sees everything that is going on. We can rest in the promise that when insults do come, God has not forsaken us or abandoned us (2 Corinthians 4:9), and we are never separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39). This should be a great comfort to all believers.

Discussion Questions

1. When you read the news or follow social media and you see the direction that our culture is going, does that make you angry or fearful? Do you ever wonder where God is in all this?

2. If you are attacked or insulted for your faith, how do you think you would respond? Would knowing that "the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous" change that?

Meet Aaron Dutton

Greetings, my fellow Journeyers! I have been on this journey with the Lord for 36 years. It has been a lot of ups and downs. There has been a lot of fighting along the way, but God was patient, and He brought me to a place of true surrender to Him. I have been at Watermark for 10 years now and currently serve in our single adults ministry for those in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, called Gather.

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Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

GM Aaron. Love this devo; especially your exposition on your Key Verse. “Resting in the promises” is truly the remedy for all the insanity. It prepares me to live out my calling to proclaim, (Exodus 19:5-6), witness (Acts 1:8), and teach, (Matthew 28:19-20).

Q1a. The news looks like 2 Kings. All we need now is Babylon. The news makes me energized for THIS day to be THAT day.

Q1b. I know where God is, (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Q2. Hopefully, I would responds by asking them Matthew 16:15- Then go from there.

Pre-salvation in 2014 Amy, (Proverbs 31), and I did not have a Biblical model for anything; for marriage, parenting, spending, etc.

As a son of Adam, I was passive, distant and blaming others for all relationship problems, especially marriage.

Amy was bright, smart, and energetic so it was easy for me to step back and let her step forward.

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

I knew how to lead in most workplace situations, but I was clearly clueless at home.

We argued a lot about my drinking. Eventually, the Lord led Amy to Al-Anon. Soon after, the fights ended. I saw how she had changed almost overnight “without saying a word”. I took real notice. I saw that I was still drinking even thought she stopped bothering me about it, (1 Peter 3:1-2). My heart began to change because I saw her heart change.

An early mentor in Prodigal was encouraging me to move forwarded in spiritual leadership and in marriage leadership. When I explained my dilemma he taught me that I had the wrong model for leadership. He said, “When ever you think of ‘leading’ think of how Jesus lead. Don’t think of the word “lead” think of the phrase “loving and serving”.

BOOM!

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

This led to a life changing epiphany.

I WAS NOT WORTHY OF LEADERSHIP!

In no way did anything I did in “leadership” in the home look anything like Jesus. Nowhere near.

‘’So who would follow a man like that? “

NO ONE.

I went to Amy and explained what God had just taught me.

Our marriage began a journey forward that continues today.

She lives out this verse. “…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 3:4.

This is not her life verse, but it is my life verse for her.

Sue Bohlin 4 months ago

Thanks so much, Aaron.

I so appreciate Peter’s command to husbands to “show honor” to their wives. In that culture, women were not respected or valued–they were treated more like property–so this was upside-down, super revolutionary paradigm shifting. I give thanks that Christianity’s values have so changed the world that it’s easy for us to glide right past that command because we take for granted the sea change it caused.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

The Psalms quote if from when David drooled on his beard to act crazy to escape a dangerous Philistine ruler.

“Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;…"

Even when life is crazy you can taste and see the Lord is good.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

Jesus and Peter spoke of the flood of Noah, using the text in the normal sence of meaning. It said 8 persons. It meant 8 persons went in the ark.

People’s lives would be constrained to shorter on average than the time it took to build the ark.

The first couple described as againg and childless after the flood would bless the world although the worlds evel was being constrained. In all this God was patient.

Linda Green 4 months ago

If I may summarize your devo, it would be: Do the right thing; God has got you no matter what!

So I personalized it- what are the “right things” for Christian women in 1 Peter 3:1-6? Talk about countercultural!

How do I become an influencer with my husband? Respectful and pure conduct- verse 2. Looking good- on the inside instead of the outside- by having a gentle and quiet spirit- verse 4. Interesting that Peter points out Sarah’s submission in verse 4 and says I can be like her if I “…do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.” Obedience and lack of fear shows my reverence and submission to God, no matter what my husband is doing.

God will never excuse my behavior by comparing it to someone else’s shortcomings.

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