Feb. 12, 2022
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.
Verse one says it all, doesn’t it? “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;” Even if we are ‘unequally yoked’, as the Bible refers to couples who may not have the same faith tradition or the husband has no faith tradition at all, we wives can bring our husbands to faith by the way we speak, the way we act, and the manner in which we treat our husbands (not to mention the wider world – ‘by your fruits they will know you” Matt 7:20) and our families.
Some clever person somewhere quipped, “The man may be the head of the family, but the woman is the neck” and that’s correct; we help lead the direction our families take and that includes gently leading our husbands along the path that Jesus has shown us. We lead them with love, with patience – and a good deal of humor. We are not perfect and our husbands are certainly not perfect (ask any wife, lol!) but together we are gently yoked and walk together to the betterment of our marriages and families. And this united family, full of love and respect for each other, plays out in the wider world as well; that’s something we don’t often think about – the world watches what Christians do and how they lead their lives. We need to live like we’re being watched – because we are.