Let us begin the new year with Peter’s counsel on living the Word, sometimes without words, as Francis of Assisi would later say, “all should preach by their deeds.”
In this ten minute video, a fresh reading of Peter’s advice for women married to nonChristian men, explains how she can live the word without speaking a word.
Peter enjoined Christian wives married to men who did not share their faith to live in a [Godfearing] pure manner of life in the same way Jesus did, using Jesus’ life as the example for their own. By doing so, their husbands—who were not believing or obeying the Word (logos) might be won over without a word.
Peter offered some practical ways to live honorably, by making their transformed life their chief “adornment” rather than their jewels, fine clothing, and costly hair styles. Now, Peter would point to the founding matriarch of the Jewish people as a fine example of what he was seeking to describe.
In researching this post, I turned to the insightful work of Bruce C. E. Fleming in his book “Familiar Leadership Heresies Uncovered.” He also provides a deep dive into these verses in workshops found on the YouTube channel Tru316 Project Genesis 3:16 and beyond.