Grow Deep - GRIT Edition - Week 6

Week 6: July 12-18

The Way of Marriage

Memory Verses:
“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the Word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives …” 1 Peter 3:1

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” 1 Peter 3:7

When you engage people in talking about marriage, you likely find that there are many different views on what marriage is, who should be married to whom, and what the roles in marriage look like. When faced with Biblical teachings on marriage like those for this week, many dismiss these words as outdated or simply from another culture and time. Therefore, some believe these words have no relevance in modern-day discussions on marriage.

While God’s view of marriage may be starkly in contrast with many present-day views, God’s design for marriage is actually very caring. God looks at the character of the husband and the wife. God looks at their attitudes toward one another. God looks at how they reflect His relationship with His people. In other words, God looks at the appearance of the marriage but also at the deep relationships found therein.

As you wrestle with Peter’s (and the Spirit’s) words on marriage this week, examine your own thoughts and beliefs on marriage. Where does God challenge you in your thinking? Where does God call for a change of attitude on your part (and don’t be hasty to point the finger at the other person, either)?

God planned for marriage to be a loving relationship according to His design. As Christians, we strive to uphold God’s design while dealing compassionately, yet firmly, with other views of marriage. May your prayer this week be to better live out God’s design in your own marriages and to engage others fruitfully with God’s design.


Sunday, July 12
Read: 1 Peter 3:1-7
This reading stands starkly in contrast to current day thoughts on marriage.
Reflect: How does God’s Word inform you of how God instituted marriage? Which areas challenge your thoughts on marriage?

 

Monday, July 13
Read: 1 Peter 3:1-2
Peter instructs wives to live in such a way that others will see purity and reverence in their lives.
Reflect: How does showing respect to others, especially husbands, present opportunities to bring them to know Jesus? How can you grow in knowing Jesus in your relationships?

 

Tuesday, July 14
Read: 1 Peter 3:3-4
Who you are speaks more about you than what you wear.
Reflect: How does your overall manner of life point to Jesus? 

Wednesday, July 15
Read: 1 Peter 3:5-6
A woman’s beauty should not come from outward adornment but from within as she puts her hope in God.
Reflect: In what ways do you learn from marriages that existed before yours? What are some specific lessons you learned from them? How can you teach them to those who come after you?

 

Thursday, July 16
Read: 1 Peter 3:7
Husbands are to strive to understand and honor their wives.
Reflect: Regardless of your relationship status, what do you do to grow in these areas in your relationships?

 

Friday, July 17
Read: 1 Peter 3:7
When you share your faith in your household, it opens doors to a greater prayer life.
Reflect: How can you grow in this gracious gift from God in your family life?

 

Saturday, July 18
Read: 1 Peter 3:1-7
Peter shares instructions in these verses that teach how wives and husbands are to relate to one another in marriage.
Reflect: Reflecting on this reading this week, what is one area in your marriage or relationships where you can grow in your faith practice? When will you start working on this?

Contributed by Pastor Scott Holder