SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In verse 3, the author is saying God values our actions more than religious rituals.
- Verses 9 and 19 are reminders for wives to protect the atmosphere in their home with a loving attitude. More importantly, these verses are a reminder for husbands to love their wives in such a way that their wives wouldn’t need to be ill-tempered.
- In this chapter, we are also warned not to ignore the plight of the poor, for we may one day find ourselves there.
- Verse 21 teaches that the pursuit of righteousness -- not the pursuit of fame or money -- is the key to living a full life.
- We’re reminded in this chapter of different ways that God wants us to love others, particularly the poor and our spouses.
- We need to continually pursue God's righteousness, even when we're tempted to make other things (such as wealth or status) more of a priority.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- If you're married, how could you love your spouse today in a refreshing way? Could you do chores around the house you don't normally do, or surprise them with a meaningful gift?
- How could you do a better job of loving the poor? What if the next time you encounter a homeless person, you invite them to a meal and sit down and listen to their story?
- Is there an area of life in which you find yourself motivated by "what's in it for you?" rather than what's right? If so, commit today to change course and do the right thing. Ask God to guide you, and to remind you of what's most important.