In this passage, Peter admonished wives to submit to their husbands, just like how he admonished us to submit to every human authority for the Lord’s sake (1 Peter 2:13) and for slaves to submit to their masters (1 Peter 2:18). In this specific case, the wives are married to unbelieving husbands, and Christian husbands to unbelieving wives.
There are 3 things we can learn from this passage.
Our actions speak louder than words. We are always surrounded by unbelievers, our families, friends, colleagues, etc. Sometimes when we use words to try to reach out to them, our words can fall on deaf ears. However, our actions and behavior can serve as silent preaching. We can win their hearts with our actions, for Him.
Our attitude is our best feature. We sometimes spend so much time and money on our outward appearance but forget about our spiritual appearance. It is fine to look good on the outside, but we need a spiritual makeover, the incorruptible beauty. A gentle and quiet spirit. Gentle spirit – the words from our mouth, our responses, our emotions are powerful but under God’s control. Quiet spirit – the undisturbed tranquil trust in God with whatever is happening around us. Incorruptible beauty can make you look more beautiful as the years go by. Everyone has a hidden person of the heart. That’s the real you when nobody is looking. We need the Holy Spirit to transform the hidden person of the heart, and we need to put in more time and effort into that spiritual makeover.
Admiration is more biblical than contemporary. Who do we look up to? Who is our role model? We should be looking for role models in the bible, a biblical role model. The bible is our life manual, and it provides transformation. It can change the way we think and live our life.
From this passage, we learn that we need to focus on the hidden person of the heart, choose good character and adorn ourselves with gentleness and a quiet spirit; we need a spiritual makeover. We are to be a witness in this unbelieving world. They are watching us, and most importantly, God is watching us. Therefore, we must live with integrity.
May the Holy Spirit help us to live with integrity so that we can be a living witness of God. Amen.