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;
Modern usage of the word conversation generally limits the definition to two people involved in a dialog. However, the Bible frequently uses the word conversation in a different sense. In fact, our passage reveals that a conversation can occur without words. Several other verses confirm connecting works to a man’s conversation (James 3:13; 1 Peter 2:12). The Bible’s use of conversation can involve something that others can observe (1 Peter 2:12; 1 Peter 3:2) and consider (Hebrews 13:7). Obviously, a man’s conversation is more complex than a simple discussion held between two or more persons. Scripturally speaking, our conversation reveals how we live our lives in front of others. Though this world would apply conversation only to what we say, God never intended for its usage to be limited to that single aspect.
- (For children): Lot lived among the wicked people of Sodom. He was troubled every day by what he saw and heard. The Bible calls the people’s actions and speech “filthy conversation” (2 Peter 2:7-8). Unlike many others, we should constantly strive to live a good conversation before others.
- (For everyone): What kind of a testimony do you display before your friends, family, and coworkers? Do they see you as a person who loves the Lord and seeks to live holy, or one who loves the world and lives carelessly?
- In what ways could your conversation include what you say? In what ways does your conversation include much more than the words that proceed forth from your lips?
- Ask the Lord to give you a good conversation.
- Ask God to help you win others through your conversation.