“7You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7
“In the same way”. Instructions already given to the wives, 1 Pt 3:1ff. This is equal opportunity instruction, and not one sided (see vss 1-6).
“Live with them”. “Dwell”, live together, reside together, and refers to “life together at home”. There really is no relationship in the world like the one God made to be enjoyed between a husband and wife. “22The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and
brought her to the man. 23The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” Gen 2
I love the miraculous way God made the woman. Forever tying man and woman together. She didn’t evolve in the swamp in a coincidental, advantageous, and fortunate yet unlikely way in near proximity and time to the male so that they would have attraction and compatability as amazing counterparts.
Strive to be understanding. This is GNOSIS, meaning know, so get to know her. Do not be an obtuse, insensitive oaf who gives not credit, thought, or consideration to her feelings or needs. Remember what Jesus said about caring for her the way Jesus cares for the church. “25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,” – Eph. 5
“As with a weaker vessel”. A weaker person is able to be taken advantage of, to abuse, take for granted, and think less of. One of the things that can be said about this is that she IS typically a weaker vessels and there are some men who would take advantage of the weakness. Do not do this, instead honor her. But also remember that Christian women have through humility and respect for God’s roles submitted themselves to their husbands. This is her service to God and it should be be abused or lightly
Respect the woman. Love her. Be kind to her. Give her honor as a fellow heir.
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