Truly one of the most important roles in life is the roles we lead in marriage. Peter discusses the roles in a very specific and direct way. First, he talks about how critical a wife is to the spiritual condition of her husband and of her family. Peter tells wives that their respect for their husbands could be the greatest evangelistic tool in their toolbelt. Men who see Christ in the lives of their wives are more apt to seek him. In addition, as he talks about wives, Peter says for them to look on the inside and assure it is right before worrying about hair and make-up. In short, there is so much beauty that Christ produces within us, that it will greatly outshine any outfit, jewelry or ensemble that can be assembled.
Peter also speaks to the Husband. Husbands are to treat their wives with honor. Husbands are to lead with grace and realize the critical role their wives have in the family. Wives make the house a home and the group of humans a family. It is not the role of master-servant, it is the role of CEO and COO. Husbands are to lead and face the daily battles of provision and protection of their families and their homes. But, that is impossible without a person doing the day to day operation of the home. With what is provided, wives raise the family and teach them decorum, survival, salvation, and socialization. Husbands that do not understand how critical their spouse is to the survival of the family fail in being the leader God calls them to be. I not only respect my wife and love her; I truly stand amazed at all she has accomplished despite me and my battles in life. She is amazing on all fronts and counts. As a family, we are not worthy of her, but, we are sure grateful that she is who she is–the Chief Operating Officer of this group. She deserves all the respect and praise available but continues with or without it. Thanks, Wives and Moms (ESPECIALLY MINE) for all that you do!
God Bless You
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, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but 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. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
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[a] of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.