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In verse 1 we see Peter establishing the credibility of leaders and explaining why they deserve/have been placed as leaders. Verse 2 is talking directly to the leaders, saying how they must not lead by compulsion, because compulsion doesn’t last, rather they should lead willingly, as it is a duty and as is glorifying to God. Verse 3 is very important, in that, again, speaking to the leaders, it’s not a position of dominance, nor is it a competition to see who is the strongest and loudest, rather it’s supposed to be a position of “example”, and it is meant to help develop, not boast. Verse 4 talks about the coming of Christ as “Chief Shepherd”, and that if you lead correctly, you will receive the crown of glory, that “Neither rust nor moths destroy, and thieves cannot steal” (Matt. 6:19). Verse 5 talks directly to those who are being led. I believe this to be the most important because it is the hardest thing to do. I know in my life, I have been put in many leadership positions, but I have also had to be a follower to those who were YOUNGER than I was, and that was very difficult. Peter is saying to have HUMILITY. Not that what I say matters or has overall authority, but just in my own experience, humility is the hardest thing to have when being taught, but being completely humble and having a “servant mindset” will bring you to be TWICE AS SMART — not only do you know what you already knew, but now you know what the person teaching you knows.

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Jon: Whenever I come to a passage about marriage I’m reminded of what Paul writes in Ephesians 5:25 where he commands husbands to love their wives as Christ loves us. That’s quite a challenge considering Christ always loves us with radical, unconditional love and selfless service. I love Peter's command for husbands to honor their wives and the reminder that’s wives are a true and wonderful gift. God takes so seriously how husbands treat their wives that this passage even reminds us that our prayers can be hindered if we don’t treat our wives the way we should. Sometimes passages on marriage are misunderstood and taken out of context and men try to use them as an excuse to be controlling. This is wrong, unGodly, and lazy theology. Whenever I read these passages I’m challenged, not to be controlling and domineering, but to be loving, selfless, and honoring to my beautiful wife by leading in her in the ways of Jesus. Allisha: This passage is a great reminder for ladies that our ultimate hope is not in finding a husband or our outward appearance but, rather, is found in Christ. He is where our true worth and value are found. We are also reminded that humility, gentleness, and respect are great qualities found in a Christ-follower and ones that Peter encourages us to live out. Peter also writes that submission is not a bad or negative aspect as it reflects Christ and how Christ lived in relationship to the Father and it doesn’t negate my voice, value, gifts, and innovation, and what I bring to the table in our marriage. By living a life that reflects Christ, others could be drawn to Him.

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