Good Wednesday morning. We just got a 3 minute rain shower. I checked the radar and we were the only green spot for miles around. Just lucky, I guess.

I am not a fan of the next grouping of verses that our dear St. Peter wrote about, but again, remember the context and the times. Society has changed in so many ways, some for the better, some not so much.

1 Peter 3:1-12 (NRSV)

Wives and Husbands

3 Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; 4 rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight. 5 It was in this way long ago that the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves by accepting the authority of their husbands. 6 Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord. You have become her daughters as long as you do what is good and never let fears alarm you.

7 Husbands, in the same way, show consideration for your wives in your life together, paying honor to the woman as the weaker sex, since they too are also heirs of the gracious gift of life—so that nothing may hinder your prayers.

Suffering for Doing Right

8 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For

“Those who desire life

and desire to see good days,

let them keep their tongues from evil

and their lips from speaking deceit;

11 let them turn away from evil and do good;

let them 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.”

There is no “weaker sex,” Peter. You were socially conditioned to believe God created man to dominate woman. We have learned to be so much better than that. Men and women can live in wonderful partnership together when they respect and love each other, when communication goes both ways, and when there is a lot of support and help. Both men and women are called to be strong spiritual guides. Husbands and wives, and partners of same sex, can have a harmonic relationship when each of them loves and trusts God and asks God to be part of their relationship.

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue