1 Peter 3:1–6 (ESV)
Wives and Husbands
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.
Today’s passage can be an unpleasant message to some women, who do not like to hear the words “wives, be subject to your own husbands.” They often miss the rest of the words “so that even if some do not obey the word, they may
be won without a word by the conduct of their wives.” Let me give you a different perspective. I know a lady who went to church faithfully, even though her husband did not go. She took her children and was a witness to her children. The beauty of this
is that over time, her husband began to go to church. It took a long time, but her witnessing through her Christian living had an impact on her husband and he is saved today because of her actions... and the work of the Holy Spirit. Women have an important
role in witnessing. After all, we are all to submit to Christ.
I pray: O Lord, help us to all submit to your love for us. Even though it is impossible for us to submit on our own, let the Holy Spirit change
us and be a witness to others through our Christian living. Let our ongoing repentance for the forgiveness of our sins be a humble reminder and a witness to God’s love for us. Amen.