1 Peter Chapter 3 starts off by addressing wives and husbands. But this does not mean that these verses are only for them. God intends the whole bible to be for all of us. Let’s look at what Peter has to say about men and women here.
I want to star by saying that Marriage is important to God. He even shares how created it in the beginning of the Bible, Genesis 2:20-25.
(God also think singles are important too. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 ESV)
I love how Peter points out the roles of women in a marriage. We are to submit. Not in an ugly abusive kind of way but in a loving, trusting kind of way. But the verse that really hits home with me is the second half of verse one.
Verse 1: Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,
As Christian women we need to remember the outside world is watching us. They see something different in us and are not sure how to gain what we have. By following after the teachings of Christ, even when life takes us down a scary path, we are still able to know we are not alone and can rest at the feet of Jesus. That’s a pretty important role I think!
Verse 7 “Likewise, 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.”
Men too have a pretty important task. Have you men ever tried being understanding of a woman?, eeek I know, but God is asking you to try. He is asking you to HONOR women as the weaker vessel. (Weaker vessel: A man has a stronger body so that he can protect his wife, He is the head of the household, yet fellow heir of the grace of life).
So that your prayers may not be hindered….
So concerned is God that Christian husbands live in an understanding and loving way with their wives, that he “interrupts” his relationship with them when they are not doing so. No Christian husband should presume to think that any spiritual good will be accomplished by his life without an effective ministry of prayer. And no husband may expect an effective prayer life unless he lives with his wife “in an understanding way, bestowing honor” on her. To take the time to develop and maintain a good marriage is God’s will; it is serving God; it is a spiritual activity pleasing in his sight. (Wayne Grudem, 1 Peter, p. 146.)
God makes it pretty clear our roles and responsibilities here, especially for marriage.
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