Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. – Ephesians 5:21

Peter was sturdy and quick and agile! He also was impulsive and strong-willed, and he carried a sharp sword. Peter had a courageous spirit to defend his cause. However, he had to learn a hard lesson-the lesson of submission. His Master, the Lord Jesus, exemplified the amazing strength of submission as the soldiers bound Him and took Him for a hearing before Annas the high priest.

Peter was an observer! In Christ he witnessed firsthand the power of submission, and it made a deep impression on Peter. Before him stood the perfect example of sacrificial love and humility. He was able to observe that submission involves tremendous strength and that victories can be won without a sword.

Obviously the Holy Spirit later moved in Peter’s life. He understood that the tool of submission works effectively in many conflicts. He gave this report about Christ: “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not” (1 Peter 2:23). Peter continued in chapter 3 with counsel for Christian wives. He pointed out that by living in godly submission, wives could even win their unbelieving husbands to the Christian faith. Making peace is often more difficult than waging war. But Peter gave some worthwhile advice in 1 Peter 3:8: live in harmony, exercise compassion, love fervently, be sympathetic, be courteous.

Submission to man is limited by submission to God. Peter demonstrated this after the Jewish leaders commanded the apostles to quit preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus. Though he had a submissive attitude, Peter said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).  n this way he showed submission to man in the fear of God, as directed in today’s key verse.

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