Monday, April 23, 2012

Chelsea Standard Version (1 Peter 3-4)

Recently, God spoke to me about a verse that used to get me fuming.  I used to be a feminazi, and still believe in equality for all.  I believe these verses have been taken out of context and used for selfish purposes.  But I also believe that everything in the bible is God-breathed and helpful for teaching.  The Holy Spirit, and some deep thinking, helped me to see these passages in a fresh new way.  Hope my interpretation helps you do the same.

1 Peter 3-4
(Chelsea Standard Version)

Wives, let your husband shepherd over your soul, look out for your spiritual needs, and help choose what's best for you (even when they're not doing a good job at it).  This will speak to their hearts in such a profound way--when they see the beauty of your purity and feel the honor and respect in your love--that it will motivate them to walk more closely with God and to surrender to His ways in your husband's own life and in your family.  Women, you are beautiful--but don't forget that your beauty doesn't come from hair or makeup or fashion.  Rather, it is in the unique way the depths of your heart and personality were put together creatively by God.  He finds this less obvious part of your to be so precious!  Instead of focusing on impressing people, focus on loving and honoring them--especially your husbands!  Women that you look up to are really beautiful because they understand how submission is good for their own hearts and the hearts of their husbands.

Husbands, get to know your wives and have empathy for them.  They are strong, but are not built like you are with incredible ability to withstand so much physical and emotional toil.  Show her love because she desperately needs it.  Remember, you are both equal--equal heirs of God and receives of his blessings and promises.  Loving them is God's desire and it will help you to better love him.

(Did I love the dash in that post or what?)

Have you ever been personally offended by verses like this?  Does this, or has something else changed your perspective at all?


Amy Loncon said...

I loooove this Chels. You are an amazing writer. And gifted in wisdom :)

Courtney said...

You are wise beyond your years! Beautiful paraphrase. I should like to read more of the Chelsea Standard Version! :)

Evelyn said...

Thank you for linking this message to Freedom Fridays.

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