Today’s scriptures: 1 Peter 3:7
Yesterday, I addressed Peter’s exhortation for wives. Today, Peter talks to
husbands. Now I know some take issue with the “someone weaker,” but that’s not
what I want to focus on. There are a couple of key commands that may, for some
of you wives out there, make submission a bit easier.
Husbands are commanded to live with their wives “in an understanding way …” One
of the definitions for “understanding” is “friendly or harmonious relationship”
according to Webster’s dictionary. Husbands are to live in harmony with their
wives. Harmony speaks of unity, tranquility, smoothness.
Then comes a very important commandment: Husbands are to “show her honor as a
fellow heir of the grace of life.” Two things here: honor equals esteem, but
more importantly, we wives are “fellow heirs” of God’s grace. God doesn’t look
at gender (Galatians 3:28). We are equal in His eyes as we’re covered by His
grace and mercy.
Therefore, as wives show respect to their husbands, husbands are to honor their
wives as they recognize our equality in God.
This is what makes marriage work: mutual love, mutual respect.