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. (1 Peter 3:7, ESV)
For the last couple of days we’ve been looking at God’s instructions to husbands contained in the verse above. To this point, we’ve learned that God wants men to bear in mind that they too are under the authority of others, so they should deal with their wives in great humility. Husbands are also to study their wives thoroughly and consistently apply what they’ve learned.
Today we’ll look at the second thing God expects of a Christian husband – that they show honor to their wife. “Honor” comes from a Greek word, time, (pronounced “tee-may” for the geeks among us), which means “perceived value.” Specifically, it’s the value as seen through the eyes of the beholder, or the value we willingly assign to something.
Men, there was a time when your wife could do no wrong. You valued her above everything and everyone else. She occupied your every thought, you gave her every free moment, you lavished your time and attention upon her, etc. What happened?
I’m not suggesting we can live in perpetual infatuation, but is there a chance we’ve lost the sense of value we once placed upon her? Make no mistake, how valuable something is to us determines how well we treat it. If we see her as highly-valuable we’ll be careful with her. But if we hold her in low value, we won’t be motivated to do any of the things mentioned in this verse.
Gentlemen, the ball is in OUR court – we determine how we see our wives – but let me remind you, God has placed a very high value on her – He died for her! Oh, and by the way, God is your Father-in-law – so grant her honor! –Dave
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