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A letter from the apostle Peter

The example of holy women

“For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.” (1 Peter 3:5-6)

Peter takes Sarah as an example of a woman with inner beauty, and calls us to follow her example. What was so special about Sarah that we should copy her behavior? For one thing, she submitted to her husband and showed him respect.

Nowadays it might sound pretty strange to call your husband “lord”, but back then this was a common expression of respect and submission. We might find other means to express the same attitude of heart, by respecting our husband as the “head” of our family.

Besides being submissive, Sarah is described as a woman who did good and did not fear anything that was frightening. There can be a lot of things that frighten us. But the Bible contains many examples of people in very hard situations, who were exhorted to not be afraid since the Lord was with them. For example, when the Israelites were about to enter a land full of enemies, God told them to “be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Such an attitude requires faith in God.

Are you such a faithful woman (or man), who does good in God’s strength?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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