As married people, we often want or expect to receive love from our spouse before we give love ourselves. But this is conditional love, and God calls us to unconditional love. Instead of our love for others to be fueled by their actions, our love for others should be fueled by God’s love for us.
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
7 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[a] of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Grace Presbyterian Church is located in Christchurch, New Zealand. Join us on Sundays at 10:30am at Boys High of Straven Road in Fendalton