1 Peter 3:7 (ESV) — 7” Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”
Last Sunday’s devotional related to how wives are to relate to their husbands. Today, the Apostle Peter turns his attention to husbands. From verse seven, we focus on four key concepts for husbands:
- Understand your wife. – Men, we are to be students of our wives. Let’s seek to learn about what makes them fearful, what makes them happy, what makes them angry, etc. Observe them and ask them questions. Learn how to relate to them in an understanding way.
- Honor your wife. – Discover ways to encourage her and make her feel special. Listen to her, help her with household chores, seek and value her advice, etc.
- Protect your wife. – We are told in this verse that the woman is the weaker vessel. This is not moral, spiritual or intellectual inferiority. It refers to physical weakness compared to men. Wives want to know that their husband will do whatever is necessary to keep them safe. No woman likes a coward. Be willing to even give your life to protect her.
- Share with your wife. – You are heirs with her in the grace of life. Seek oneness with your wife and enjoy her as your best friend. Do not place any one, except Jesus, ahead of her.
By following these concepts, your relationship with your wife will deepen and become more fulfilling. Your spiritual life will also deepen and your prayers will not be hindered because of selfishness.
“Father God, I pray for marriages in our church family. May they come into alignment with your heart and your principles. [If you are married]-Help me to be the kind of spouse that will be a blessing. Give me wisdom and love to glorify You in this relationship you have placed me. Give me perseverance even in the tough times in our relationship. Thank You for this person you have given me. In Jesus name, Amen.”