1 Peter 3:1-6 1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your 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,
The emphasis on behavior over words is such a powerful truth. The lives we live will speak much louder than the words we “preach.” It’s a tough question, but we have to ask ourselves…if I never spoke a word to my husband, would he see me living for the Lord?
2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
Do our lives speak purity and reverance or are we that clashing symbol of 1 Cor. 13??
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
I don’t think this means we should not try to look beautiful for our husbands, I know my husband loves it when I look good for him. But at the same time, outward beauty will fade and then what is left? If we are gorgeous but treat him with disrespect and disdain, we fulfill this verse:
Prov 11:22 22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. NIV
5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. NIV
I believe that many times fear keeps us from honoring the Lord as wives. We fear he will not respond gently and with acceptance, but the Lord asks us to live this life FIRST for HIM, then toward our spouses. Daughters, do what is right and do not give way to fear.
I’m praying for our marriages, Sue
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