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God's Design for Marriage

God's instructions for husbands and wives are the key to a long and happy marriage.

I saw a cartoon some time ago in which a preacher had prepared the pulpit area like a fortress. He was peering through the crack of a machine gun nest. The caption read, "Today my text is 1 Peter 3:1, 'Wives submit to your husbands.' "

Well, I have the unenviable task tonight of speaking from 1 Peter 3:17 in our study through this book. It's not a popular section. It's resented by many women in this age of women's liberation.

But verse 7 isn't very popular with the men, either, because it says, "You husbands be considerate of your wives." And that's not easy to do in an age of pride and egocentricity. In spite of its unpopularity, it's a section.

Before we look at the Scriptures, there are three preliminary principles that I want to underscore.

God is our designer and he knows what is best for us. When you buy a car, you look in the glove compartment and take out the owner's manual. The one who designed that car knows how it is to best function.

I bought a video camera about a year ago. I'd used it for about ten minutes, then recharged it. I later learned that you should not recharge the battery until the energy is completely depleted. The first time you recharge it programs it for the future. I've got a battery pack that will last only ten minutes because I did what I thought was best and did not pay attention to the one who designed the battery.

God made man from the dust of the ground. God made woman from the rib of Adam. God performed the first marriage ceremony. We need to look at what the owner's manual says in order for marriage to function best.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, " 'These are the plans that I have for you,' says the Lord, 'plans to ...

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Bob Russell is a speaker, chairman of the board of the Londen Institute, and author of When God Builds a Church (Howard).

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Sermon Outline:


Today's passage is unpopular, but nonetheless a much-needed section.

I. What is the wife's role in a marriage?

II. What is the husband's role in a marriage?