1 Peter 3:3-5
If you have ever watched a child willfully resisting instruction or directions given to them, the scene can be disturbing and make a person uncomfortable to watch. In the same way, it can be uncomfortable when we witness an adult resisting the authority that was placed above them. It does not look good, and it also does not reflect how God wants us to be living. As I was looking up more scripture on gentleness, I saw how submission is a part of a gentle spirit. The word submission has a bad rap because I feel it is a word that has been abused in the past. Submission is willingly following someone’s instruction. I think that our society has made it appear that a person is a doormat if they submit to another person; however, it has been my experience that sometimes it takes great strength to submit especially if the person in authority may be making a poor decision. The first scripture I want to look at is one that can be controversial because of the context, but please stick with me through it! Please turn to 1 Peter 3:3-5.
I find this an interesting way to approach inner beauty: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment…Instead it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.” A “gentle spirit” is part of the inner beauty that God is looking for and reading on in verse 5 says that submission is a part of a gentle spirit. Please look over to 1 Peter 2:13. Everyone is expected to submit to authority no matter who they are: young, old, male, female, rich, or poor. Please look at why we are to submit according to Ephesians 5:21. We submit out of reverence for Christ. After all, Christ submitted to God’s will when He died on the cross; how could we not submit to His authority and submit to those He put in authority over us?
James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God…” Earlier, we read that gentleness includes submission and James 4:7 shows us that submission includes following God’s will. If we are to be living a life that bears the fruit of gentleness, we are to submit to God. Sometimes, God’s Will is not easy to submit to, but remembering that He knows what is best will help us submit. It is during those times that we willingly obey when it is difficult that we learn and grow so much! God will not harm us; God will grow us when we have a gentle spirit of obedience.
Are you bearing the fruit of gentleness through submission?