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, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 1 Peter 3:1 (ESV)
Daily Devotional Series
Victory Over Suffering Day 6
Reading:1 Peter 3:1-7
A friend of mine used to quote Jesus’ teaching, “Love your neighbor as yourself” and then follow it up with the question, “Who is your closest neighbor?” As the royal and noble people of God, we are to bring joy and peace to the world around us. It starts at home, where sometimes it’s most difficult.
I was fortunate to grow up in a home where my dad was the spiritual leader of my family. Sadly, I know this is not always the case. You see this quite often on Sundays where more than one woman sits alone while their husband does something else. It’s painful. They and their children pray for their husbands and long for the day when he is sitting beside them. It’s hard but it is not new as we see in 1 Peter’s letter. Women seem to embrace faith and the fellowship of the church quicker than men. There is the temptation to nag. There is the temptation to express your disappointment. I can’t think of a time when those tactics have had a positive lasting effect. Instead, be the noble child of God, living in peace and respect for everyone, including your spouse. Time will be on your side.
Now men. Peter calls women the “weaker vessel.” He doesn’t mean intellectually or spiritually. Men and women are equals in the Kingdom of God. But the fact remains, in most marriages and relationships, men are physically stronger. Just because you’re stronger doesn’t give you the right to be a jerk. Love your wife like yourself.