Not only was Peter an apostle, he was also MARRIED. Here’s a little bit of marriage advice from Peter, the married apostle.
“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” (1 Peter 3:8-9 NLT)
“All of you” refers to those whom Peter had just addressed: husbands and wives. Here are his instructions to “all of you.”
—Be of one mind – make sure you walk in agreement. In order for that to happen someone has to yield to the other.
—Sympathize with each other – feel what the other feels. Never exploit or trample on your mate’s feelings.
—Love as brothers and sisters – just because your spouse loves you unconditionally does not give you the right to treat them like dirt. Remember, your mate is God’s son or daughter.
—Be tenderhearted – let yourself cry. Weeping is a good thing, at times. Don’t let the evil in the world make you hard hearted.
—Keep a humble attitude – be honest with and about yourself. Always remember: you are nothing without the Lord.
—Drop any “get even” kind of thinking. It takes too much effort in keeping an accurate score.
—Bless. Whether it’s your turn or your mate’s turn; bless, and bless some more. If you’ll make blessing others a habit, you’ll find God’s favor surrounding you like a shield.
Remember: it is always wise to listen to the wisdom of godly men and women. Peter, God’s man of faith and power, is also a man who knew how to have a marriage blessed by God.
Do you have any good tips for husbands and wives? Please share them…