1 Peter 3:1-7

1 Peter 3:1-7 … Peter continues his teaching on godly living, now turning to marriage and family, the basic building block of society. In verses one to six, Peter is addressing the submission of a believing wife to an unbelieving spouse through her behavior and appearance. On this topic of submission, I would point out that the Scriptures call for submission “one to another” (Ephesians 5:21), and within marriage, a wife unto her husband (Ephesians 5:22). However, this instruction is reminding women that their submission can be a means for God to draw their husbands to faith.

Peter also includes instructions for a husband; to live with understanding and knowledge of his wife, which means to seek her position and preferences, to know and respect her views, and to show her honor in every aspect of life. Men ought to know and strive daily to live up to the directions of 1 Peter 3:7 for its own value and contribution to mutual joy in marriage. The passage ends with a warning to husbands, “so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” What a pointed reminder that a husband’s loving behavior can influence his prayer life.

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