“Hope Beyond 'I Do': The Give-and-Take of Domestic Harmony”
from the series Insights on 1 Peter: Hope Again
1 Peter 3:1–7
All marriages are happy—it’s the living together afterward that’s tough! We smile, knowing how true such a statement really is. After the flowers, the candles, the music, and the vows, there inevitably follows the day-to-day reality of living as partners: the stress of financial deadlines, the demands brought on by occupational hassles, the breakdown of communication, the misunderstandings that grow from sexual disharmony, and the lingering offenses not dealt with. The list seems endless.
Peter was a married man. He understood the importance of domestic harmony. Under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, he wrote words of wise and workable counsel for all to heed. In spite of the centuries that separate us from Peter’s day, these principles are still appropriate. They work; so let’s listen!