We suggest that you print these lessons and put them in a binder for future studies. A TRUE STORY BY SOMEONE WHO WAS SEEKING LOVE During high school, I dated a lot of guys and I was hurt a lot.
In 1 Peter 3, Peter was addressing a specific situation: how the wives of unsaved husbands might influence them to become Christians.
He counseled the women to submit, but he was thinking of the kind of submission that is deeply catalytic, a potent secret remedy for a lost loved one.
Consider this story about a happily married couple in North Carolina: "As I write, my wife and I are about to celebrate 35 years of marriage.
"We actually met as teenagers because we attended the same church.
We own a home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, and I'm now serving wonderful people as their pastor. To you, the reader, it might seem meaningless, but to my wife and me that's the brief outline of 35 years of a happy marriage.
"You might be thinking, 'That's your beautiful, inspiring love story? These represent years that are filled with countless stories and memories that we cherish, things that would mean nothing to you but everything to us.
We have brothers and sisters in Christ to hold us accountable and to help us apply the Word to our lives.
If you're a Christian, that's the biblical life you're called to. Just this once, I'm going to set out a basic framework for biblical dating so we all know what we're talking about — or at least so you know where I'm coming from.
In the same way that Jesus trusted God to work redemptively through his submission, we can trust God to work through our submission.