1 Peter 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;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
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;
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.
Most saved women who have an unsaved spouse would testify that their chief concern lies with seeing their husbands come to know Christ as Saviour. The context of today’s passage reveals how an unsaved husband can be won to Christ through his wife’s actions. Displaying a meek and quiet spirit is paramount in such efforts. This meekness is to be worn and displayed much like an ornament, and such a spirit is of great price in the sight of God. Most women who are married to unsaved men will admit that their husbands tend to treat them with a lessening degree of devotion as the marriage ages. Regardless, the Bible admonishes wives in this situation to respond in meekness toward their husbands with the goal of winning them to Christ. Today’s passage specifically applies to wives with unsaved husbands but also has far reaching application to all believers.
· (For children): Children like to dress up using mom’s and dad’s clothes. The children do this to look all grown up. Sometimes we focus so much on the outside we fail to realize that God is most concerned with what we look like on the inside. Sometimes the words we say betray us because they reflect what we are on the inside.
· (For everyone): A good marriage takes effort and work. What are some ways that a lady married to an unsaved man could respond to bring spiritual conviction in his life when he mistreats her?
· Most people place an undue emphasis on a woman’s beauty when the Bible emphasizes more important matters. The Bible declares that a “meek and quiet spirit” is an ornament. There are few things that demonstrate the beauty of a woman more than one who has a meek and quiet spirit. How could meekness improve your life?
· Ask the Lord to give you meekness when dealing with the lost.
· Ask God to give you a desire to respond with meekness to those who mistreat you.
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