1 Peter 3:1-7, Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. 7Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Our culture depicts the roles of husbands and wives very differently from the way God intended. For instance, our culture’s most common understanding of a husband and a father is more like Homer Simpson than our Heavenly Father, which forces the wives and mothers to be the backbone of the family. Unfortunately, culture tends to have a stronger influence on our marriages than Scripture.
1 Peter 3:1-7 speaks on the roles of husbands and wives and the way God intended our families to work. In verse 2, Peter says that wives should live with “respectful and pure conduct” toward their husbands. Being respectful to your husband and acting with pure motives honors one’s husband the way God intended.
At the same time, verse 7 states that husbands should “live with [their] wives in an understanding way, showing honor…” Husbands should seek to understand and know their wives as they love them in the way God intended. Regardless of the culture, our marriages are sacred to God. God dislikes broken relationships.
I encourage you today to be influenced by God’s Word as you love your spouse.
Have a blessed day.
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