Liabilities A Wife
1 Peter 3:1-5 says: “Likewise, you 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; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands”
The Apostle Peter’s attention here is on men and women who have married and who just received Christ, and who are having problems regarding how they should behave toward a husband or wife who still do not believe in and against their faith.
The Apostle Peter’s advice to his Christian wife is:
She must comply, the role of a wife is to submit to the Scriptural leadership of her husband, in the Book of 1 Corinthians 11:3 says: “But I want you to know this, the head of every man is Christ, the head of the women is the man and the head of Christ is God. ”
The Book of Ephesians 5:22-24 says: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
This does not indicate that the wife has the character, intelligence or spirituality is lower. In fact, even in the military, do not need a leader that higher capacity than a subordinate. But his authority is very important in carrying out their duties efficiently.
The wives must submit to the ‘husband’ and not at all men, the wife obedience to her husband is a wonderful expression of his love and commitment to him.
When a husband is not a Christian vote for ‘disobedience to the Word’, who believes his wife should submit to her husband for her husband may be won to Christ ‘without a word.’
This does not mean that the Word of God is not important for human safety. It simply means that if a husband refuses Word of God, his wife had to pull him to the Lord through his humility and godly living. Generous attitude, meek, submissive, and loving is one of the most effective way of evangelism that can be done wife to bring her husband to the Lord.
She must be faithful, “Pure and virtuous” means respect.
Wife with pure nature and respect for her husband is unfaithful wife, it is the duty of all Christian wives, namely that they should still be pure and pious before God and their husbands.
She should be simple, Peter warned the woman who was busy with her as spick and span self (Paragraph 3), many women in Roman society dye their hair a strange color and plaiting excessive. They also like the expensive jewelry, beautiful clothes and expensive cosmetics. The desire for beautiful and classy is not consistent with the design of God for Christian women.
In the Book of Isaiah 3:16-24, Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
Peter advised them to give their attention to the “hidden inner man.” That is the true beauty of character, virtue, spirituality within themselves Christians. The word “simple” refers to the humility and gentleness weakness. This is the nature of people who refused to retaliate, but always waiting for the action of God. “Spirit of the serene” refers to the peaceful and gentle nature of a person.
His modest and gentle show the spiritual beauty that is very precious in the sight of God. The main concern of the devout woman not the outward appearance, but the beauty of his character before God.