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James, 1-2 Peter, Jude 1 Peter 3

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1 Peter 3

Wifely Duties

  • More Peter, more not-21st-century-friendly advice: ladies, obey your husbands.
  • Even if your man is an unbelieving jerkwad, just keep being sweet as pie.
  • Hey, maybe one day you'll win him over with your feminine charms and Christian piety. Maybe.
  • Also, girls, don't spend too much time on your image. Just say no to braiding your hair, wearing gold, or putting on fancy clothes. It's overkill.
  • Instead of worrying about what you look like on the outside, show off your beautiful inside. There's nothing hotter than a "gentle and quiet spirit."
  • Try to be like Sarah. She listened to her husband, Abraham, and nothing weird ever happened to them. Hmm…might want to take a peek at Genesis again, Peter.
  • Okay, so we've heard about wives. How about the gents?
  • Well, Peter thinks that husbands should be considerate to their wives, too.
  • Sure, the ladies are the "weaker sex," but they're also God's children who will reap all the same rewards as men. We guess there's no misogyny in Heaven.

Be Excellent to Each Other 

  • And some advice for everyone: just love one another.
  • If someone does something bad to you, don't try to get even by seeking revenge. Bless them instead.
  • It's the only way you're gonna inherit that kingdom of Heaven everyone keeps talking about. Just say no to evil.
  • After all, if you're trying to be good, who could fault you for that?
  • And even if someone does attack you while you're doing the right thing, God totally has your back. Not literally.
  • Don't be afraid if someone asks you what you believe. Tell them politely. If you're a good person, it'll be tougher for naysayers to attack you.
  • Peter keeps going: you've got nothing to worry about because Jesus suffered and died so that everyone could be saved. Even those naysayers.
  • Remember when Noah built that ark and God saved only eight people after cleansing the world with water?
  • Now he wants to save everyone through water—the water of baptism, to be exact. By being baptized, believers ask God to help them do what's right.
  • All this is possible because of Jesus, says Peter.

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