Monday, February 25, 2013

1 Peter 3:7

7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

The Apostle Peter having commanded servants to be submissive to their masters, wives to their husbands, now gives us a word of wisdom for the husbands. Which is a nice compliment to previous exhortations by now bringing in the husbands responsibility towards their wives. In this, Peter says to the husbands to dwell with their wives with understanding (lit. with knowledge of them). And thus to be considerate of them (NASB 1995), and their unique persons and roles within the marriage. Peter goes on to say that husbands are to give honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, not the "inferior" vessel, but the weaker vessel. And as the Apostle Peter also states here of their person: "being heirs together of the grace of life" with their husbands, and all believers, and thus highly cherished in the eyes of God. Therefore husbands are to lead in their families and be sensitive to their wives unique person, position and or her personality in their handling of them, and not lord authority over his wife, children, nor anyone else. For if a husband cannot treat his wife with gentleness and care, honoring her person and appreciate her exceedingly important contribution she brings to their home, family and beyond, then he should expect nothing other than to be treated with contempt by his own male piers; both inside and outside of the house of faith.

Scripture Citations
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982

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