> Peter - The Married "Gentle Giant"! <
Yes, the strong net pulling fisherman was a very loving husband! The man that cursed and swore in his denial of Jesus has become a gracious and caring husband.
Who would of thought that such a man who had a command of men would be so pro the ultimate care of a wife in the human bandwidth of relationships? Yet this is a prime portrait of a husband “work over" that only Jesus can do!
Peter was a caring family man and in the following verse is revealed the reality of such. At a time of the fame of Jesus swelling like a mighty river Peter was pressed in his heart about his wife's mother's sickness and eagerly with his wife and others sought Jesus to attend to her plight.
"And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her." [Luke 4:38.]
|| Peter Found the Ultimate Preciousness. ||
Peter experienced the overwhelming love of Jesus. Jesus warned Peter that contrary to his claim of perfect faithfulness he would fail and deny him and yet even in the face of that Jesus said to him - "Let not your heart be troubled" [John 14:1.] Jesus was saying - "I know Peter your all out sincerity of heart and that you believe in God. Believe also in me that my love for you is that of the very best friend you will ever have from now to eternity! I came from Heaven to lock you into my grace and redemption forever and am returning to Heaven to prepare a mansion fit for a much loved faulty fisherman that will eventually be transformed into a great King"!
Did Peter find life transforming preciousness in Jesus? Chase it flat out from your heart!
"Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner," [1 Peter 2:7.] Further more Peter's precious love for Christ. - [1 Peter 1:7, 19. 2:4, 6. 2 Peter 1:1,4.]
|| Peter Ministers the Preciousness in Marriage. ||
You could perhaps say "there are more vital issues among Christians than that of marriage which Peter could have left to his second letter". Are there more vital issues? The whole point as with Ezra and the survival of Israel [Ezra 10:17.] so the survival of the local Church hinges much on the crucial matters of marriage and family.
A husband and wife that collaborate and foster a hard spirit and attitude together are a formidable force of contradiction to the whole work of God.
Peter describes the beauty of the will of God for husbands and wives in his first letter. He knew how important is such in the matter of Church eldership and the shepherding of "the flock of God", claiming that he also is an elder. [1 Peter 5:1.] The high importance is likewise forwarded by Paul in his first letter of instructions to Timothy in the matter of the bishop/eldership qualifications of marriage and family.
In chapter three of his first letter Peter starts with the matter of subjection of wives even to unbelieving husbands [1 Peter 3:1 &5.] and then says - "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." [1 Peter 3:7.]
How beautiful is that? How could a wife find difficulty with the matter of subjection to her husband if he holds her in great esteem and HONOURS her?
It has been said - "If a husband wants his wife to treat him like a king, he should treat her like a queen."
This is the wonderful Preciousness that Peter learned about Christ. Jesus as the husbands "head" [1 Corinthians 11:3.] and "head" of the Church (his body) [Ephesians 5:23.] brings every believer to great honour and position [2 Thessalonians 1:10. Romans 15:7.] So the husband as the wife's "head" [Ephesians 5:23.] is to ever seek to elevate her to honour and praise. [Proverbs 31:28.]
Doesn't Peter paint a beautiful portrait of the precious core operation that should be functioning with great blessing in the relationship of husband and wife?
Again, who would frown upon being subject and submitting to honour from another?
What a heart Peter had towards his wife. What a blessed wife to have a husband that loved her mum and cared about all she cared about and led the chorus of appeal to the Lord to attend his sick mother in law.
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord lean forward and look by faith at this rough diamond Peter and believe that the Lord can make your marriage as precious as that of Peter and his wife.