"Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind."
(1 Peter 3:8)
One of the more controversial passages int he Bible today is the beginning of 1 Peter 3. It calls for wives to "accept the authority" of their husbands (KJV "be submissive"). Unfortunately, that verse, over time, has been misused & abused to justify all kinds of unhealthy (and inappropriate) behavior towards women by their husbands.
I don't really want to get into social/ethical debate over it. Or even a theological debate. I seriously don't.
The writer than addresses husbands (v.7-9), calling them to "show consideration" to their wives, and to "honor them." Which is a good step, but then it's kinda ruined by calling women the "weaker sex." I know many women who are a whole lot stronger (emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and relationally) than many men. So I'll also leave that passage alone.
What caught my attention this morning, however, was verse 8. The author calls BOTH men & women to have unity (spiritually), sympathy, love, tenderness, and humility. As they say in the south, "THAT'LL PREACH!" This is wonderful advice for everyone: men/women, married/single, young/old. So don't get me started on the controversial (and obviously antiquated) passages of 1 Peter 3. Instead, focus on the true "gold." Focus on how ALL OF US should be treating each other.