How Christian Wives can Win Unsaved Husbands

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Submission

In this passage Peter singles out and speaks to Christian wives who  had unsaved husbands. These wives were seeking to win their husbands to the Lord but they were going about in the wrong way.

There are few experiences more difficult in life than to be married to an  unbeliever. This is why God is dogmatic in his instruction of “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (II Corinthians 6:14). However, if a wife is converted and her husband remains unsaved the attitude of the wife will have a lot to do with his salvation. Peter gives three reasons why a Christian wife should be submissive to her husband, even if he is unsaved.

  1. Submission is an obligation (v. 1). God has commanded it and he knows what is best in order for us to be happy.
  2. Submission is  an opportunity  (v.2). If a wife who has an unsaved husband submits herself to her husband she can win him to the Lord without saying a word.
  3. Submission is an ornament (verses 3-6). The emphasis is that the wife should not major on external decorations but on her internal character.

A Christian woman who has inner beauty will not have to depend on cosmetics, jewelry  etc. All of these things are artificial and external while true beauty is real and internal. Peter was  not forbidding the wearing of jewelry but simply saying that God is more concerned about what is on the inside.

Application

What am I doing to do to build Godly character traits into my life and the life of my family?

I Peter 3:1-6 (English Standard Version)


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