Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 1 Peter 3:1
Likewise? In the same way? As what? This verse is referring back to the last portion of chapter 2 that is talking about employees/servants being submissive to your employer/master. Yikes! Could be a bit insulting for a girl. However, I assure you, insult in not what God has in mind. God created women to be a compliment or completer for her husband. She works with him in agreement. This is not to say that she doesn’t have any ideas of her own. The idea was that the two would work together as one to accomplish a common goal and plan. That in working together, they could bring their two different ideas together and form a new and better one. In this relationship of agreement, a couple could accomplish the plan that God gave the man for His family’s purpose in the world. God intended that a family would be one unit and would accomplish many great things together. If you look at families today, even if they are not working together on one project, you can see that each person has a specific gift or talent that if brought together could be a wonderful working unit and accomplish great things.
This portion of 1 Peter chapter 3 is focused on the husband and wife relationship. The idea is that a wife has been given the ability to empower her husband in life by submission and chaste/self-denying behavior, without even saying a word. The common and popular believe of the world is that a wife needs to harass, belittle and goad her husband to have control of him, but this isn’t God’s plan. He would have the wife be her husband’s helper and greatest encourager, even if he isn’t following the plan of God yet. The passage goes on to say that it’s not the outside appearance that he is ultimately attracted to, but the hidden person of the heart with beauty that will never fade and a gentle and quiet spirit. In this way the wife is a husbands greatest ally in that she is a partner with him to accomplish the plan of God. This is a great position of power and one of God’s secret weapons. Submission is the door through which God has the greatest access to your marriage.
Today I want to encourage you in your relationship with your spouse. Whether you are a husband or a wife, get the plan and follow it. Work together to come up with the best solutions to issues and treat one another with respect as if the other is the most important person in your life, because they are. Guard and protect your marriage and recognize that there is a purpose God has for you to accomplish as a couple and family. Don’t let outside forces such as friends, other family or work get between the two of you. Seek out relationships that are there to support and encourage you in the plans God has for you. You are heirs together of the grace of life and when you are in agreement, God will answer all your prayers!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 3:1- 7