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1 Peter Chapter 3.

3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

(A good aim in reading the Bible is to try and manage 4 chapters a day, which is only 2 chapters in the morning and 2 in the evening. With that endeavour you get through the Bible in approximately 10 months).

* Husband and Wife Delight! *


It has been said ... "The Christian life is Not, pie in the sky when you die, but fish and chips, right here and now"!

Christ makes a difference because He is different. He is other than what we are!

"Likewise ye wives" is in reference to Peter's  previous words about the order of many things -

Honesty 2:12.

Submission to man and kings 2:13.

Honour all men 2:17.

Servants be subject to masters 2:18.

Now, in chapter 3 he takes up again (after a short focus on the spiritual power required to live in the good of his directives), the matter of relatedness to others. This time husband and wife.



* Even if your husband is an unbeliever, and even if he is a rough egg, submission to him "in the Lord" has the power to win him to Christ "without the word", which means - without preaching at him!

* Let your husband (whether a believer or not) see the beauty of the Lord Jesus in your life.

* Let God also see that "meek and quiet spirit" which in his sight "is of great price". Meekness is part of the fruit of the Spirit of God [Galatians 5:23].



* Dwell with your precious wife, according to how you Know her capabilities to be. Not what you demand her to be.

* Giving honour to her as the weaker vessel, not a weaker person (she could be more spiritually mature), but more impacted by adverse physical conditions.

Let her be comfortable with home decorations; the wife doesn't tell you how to hang your hammer on the shed wall!

* WARNING! If the husband does not with a soft heart give honour to the wife and see to it that she enjoys life then HIS PRAYERS WILL BE HINDERED!

The wife must be allowed to enjoy life just like she did .... Before she married You!

The Lord is likely saying to such a man - "Go and get right with the wife ("Husbands, love your wives"), and then come and pray unto me"!

Ecc 9:9  "Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun".

Learn from the Lord to Love your wife, and then live the joyful experience of a marriage, that the Lord has prescribed.