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The very best marriage advice comes from God’s Word. And here is a word for the wise who might want to do a study of 1 Peter 3 in the New Testament of the Bible and see something they may have overlooked if they have ever studied these scriptures in the past. This is something I most assuredly overlooked. The command God gives wives concerning how they are to treat their husbands is NOT contingent on how their husbands treat them. And the command God gives husbands concerning their wives is NOT contingent on how their wives treat them. In a perfect world, everyone would follow God’s commands. In the imperfect world in which we live, we cannot – and should not – count on others to always, if not ever, do what is right. We need to understand that our obedience to God should never be contingent on another’s obedience or disobedience. Wives should treat their husbands just like God says to out of obedience to God, and husbands should treat their wives as God tells them to out of obedience to God. Period. The actions of husbands and wives should not be contingent on one another; their actions should be contingent on God alone. And to God be the glory!
1Pe 3:1 Likewise, ye 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;
1Pe 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
1Pe 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1Pe 3:4 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.
1Pe 3:5 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:
1Pe 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.