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1 Peter 3:1-7 True Humility for Wives

on October 27, 2013

The call to humility gets more personal for me as I move into 1 Peter 3:1-7.  Although husbands and wives are addressed in this section of the letter, I want to focus on the function of humility in the role of a wife.

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis defines true humility this way: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.”  This is a great starting thought for applying the lesson of Christ-like humility to marriage.

This chapter starts out with the word, “Likewise.”  In light of yesterday’s post about Jesus and humility, we are called to be wives who reflect the humility of Christ to our spouses.  God takes this role and responsibility very seriously.  Wives can damage their husbands’ spiritual belief and growth by their prideful reactions.  In contrast, by humbly responding to the wounds inflicted by our husbands, God can use our actions to bring about their spiritual healing.  (By wounds I mean common offenses not abuse.  All women must flee from abuse and get help.  Being abused is against the law and punishable by the government authorities which God has put in place for our protection.)

The Bible says that our husbands will be won over to spiritual growth and obedience to God by our respectful and pure conduct, not our words.  Unfortunately, words are what we as women use most to try to have our way with our men!

If my husband were to describe my conduct, would he use words like respectful and pure?  How could I be more respectful to him every day so that he is sure of my love for him?

As women, we have the ability to adorn ourselves with accessories that are outwardly appealing to others or adorn our hearts with the characteristics that are inwardly appealing to God.  Who we want to please reflects the true love of our hearts.  Does God have first place in my heart or others?

Adornments that are very precious to God are the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.  Aging does not have a negative impact on these features!  Sagging body parts, wrinkles, gray hair, thinning hair, more facial hair, yellow teeth, age spots, polyester/elastic pants, orthopedic shoes, etc…cannot tarnish true beauty!  A gentle and quiet spirit is only enhanced and refined over time.  Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

What are the ways that our lives as wives display holiness and humility?  According to verses 5 and 6 trusting God, submitting to my husband, doing him good (Proverbs 31:12), and having no fear of anything that is frightening, proves a gentle and quiet spirit.

This sounds to me like the old axiom is true, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Lord, give me direction and desire to grow into a wife that pleases You and has a lasting impact on my husband.

One response to “1 Peter 3:1-7 True Humility for Wives

  1. erika says:

    Needed to read this today. Thank you! Love erika

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