Summary: This sermon addresses God's commands for wives to submit to their husbands, and for husbands to be considerate and respectful of their wives.

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A. Marriage bears the brunt of a lot of humor, and in many respects for good reason.

B. Here’s a few interesting quotes about marriage:

1. Mae West said: “Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet.”

2. Rita Rudner said: “I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.”

3. Helen Rowland said; “In olden times, sacrifices were made at the altar, a practice that still continues.”

4. Here’s some good advice from Benjamin Franklin: “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.”

C. I like the story of the boss who was complaining in a staff meeting that he wasn't getting any respect.

1. The next day, he brought a small sign that read “I'm the Boss!” and taped it to his office door.

2. Later that day when he returned from lunch, he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that said: “Your wife called. She wants her sign back!”

D. I read a story about a preschooler who was sitting with her parents on the couch one evening.

1. The little girl said to her dad: “Daddy, you're the boss of the house, right?”

2. Her father proudly replied, “Yes, honey, I am the boss of the family.”

3. Then the little girl added: “Cause Mommy put you in charge, right Daddy?”

E. I also like the story of the groom who showed up at the wedding carrying his golf clubs.

1. His bride asked, “Why did you bring your golf clubs?”

2. He replied, “This isn’t going to take all day is it?”

F. God created us male and female, and He created us for marriage.

1. When God created us for marriage, He designed us to play certain roles in marriage.

2. Truthfully, we must admit that marriage isn’t easy.

3. Marriage requires a lot of effort and adjustment.

4. Thankfully, God has given us marriage instructions in His Word, the Bible.

5. And in addition to that, God also gives us the ability to put His instructions into action through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

6. Let’s look at today’s section from 1 Peter and see what instructions God has given us for husbands and wives.

7. No matter what your marital status may be, all of us can learn something from this discussion.

I. God’s Instructions for Wives

A. Peter begins with wives and so we will also.

1. Peter wrote: 1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own 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, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

2. The phrase “in the same way” refers us back to the overall context of the previous verses.

3. Peter has been addressing the behaviors and attitudes for Christians with regard to submission.

4. Peter dealt with our submission to civil authorities, and to those who have authority over us in the workplace.

5. Then Peter pointed to Jesus who submitted Himself to His Heavenly Father, even though that submission resulted in suffering.

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