1 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,
2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.
3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel
4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, WHICH IS VERY PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.
5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,
6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
The message here is for the women. How you handle your home makes you a missionary. A gentle and quiet spirit in handling your home is very precious in the sight of God.
I will begin this with a STORY:
One day, a wayward husband finished from work and instead of going home he decided to spend the with a prostitute. Later that night, while he was in the hotel room with the prostitute, he decided to call his wife and tell her that; he finished very late at work and he's currently stucked up in the holdup as in standstill traffic...(all lies).
Guess what? The wife sympathised with him and she started praying for the husband on the phone: "oh I'm sorry darling" "the Lord will protect you and guide you home safely" "the lord will bless and multiply you on your job and God will promote you speedily" "oh dear, its almost 11pm, you can lodge in any hotel nearby to pass the night, i and the children will keep praying for you. When it morning you can come home to freshen up and prepare for work" "i love you"
By the time the wife finished on phone, the husband was almost in tears. He paid the prostitute off and he headed home. When he got home he confessed to the wife, they wept together, prayed together and that became the turning point in the life of a former wayward husband. That is the power of HUMILITY AND LOVE
The book of 1peter 3:1-2 ordered wives to be submissive to their husbands even if their husbands are sinners (i.e even if they are without the word of God), your attitude and behavior can make a turning point in your husband's life, even if you don't preach to them from the bible.
Verses 3 and 4 did not say you should not adorn yourself physically, it rather says you should not limit your adornment to the physical (even the prostitutes and the unbelievers does that) but let your adornment also be incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. Guess what? This kind of inner beauty pleases God.
A lot of our women today are not helping their husbands, the way some women nags at their husbands, the way some complain about unnecessary matter, the lack of respect and so on... All these makes their husbands want to stay out as long as possible (although thats not an excuse for the husbands)
On the other hands, some wives have that inner beauty, yet their husbands appeared not to be moved by the submissiveness of their wives, you know the goodnews here? Keep up your good attitudes, your submissiveness and your love for such husbands. Why? Because your attitude pleases God. Just put in one more effort: PRAY FOR HIM ALWAYS.
Dear Lord, our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the women in our lives, we really appreciate how you've been using them greatly in your ministry.
A lot of families are still together today, not because of the husbands (the head of the house) but because of the wives (the strong women). We thank you so for the gift of women to our world.
- We pray for them today, may you continue to strengthen them.
- a lot are still struggling to put their homes in order, kindly help them.
- the strong ones among them, please make them stronger.
- the weak ones among them, dear God make them strong.
- wipe away their tears
- put a smile on their faces
IN JESUS NAME WE HAVE PRAYED