Husbands, in the same way

I was reading a letter from Peter and he said something profound about being a husband. He learned it directly from Jesus so I figured I should pay attention. Peter said:

Husbands, in the same way, live with your wives with understanding of their weaker nature yet showing them honor as co-heirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7

I studied two phrases in particular: 1) in the same way; and 2) so that your prayers will not be hindered.

In the same way

In the same way as what? Starting in 2:18 Peter describes the importance of submission. He demonstrates the submission to which we are called (2:21) using Jesus as the example. Jesus committed no sin, but was reviled. He did not revile in return. He suffered, but did not threaten. He was wounded, but committed Himself to the Father and, therefore, we were healed. Peter says that husbands should use Jesus as the model for the treatment of their wives.

So that your prayers will not be hindered

What is prayer? This is the communication we have with our God. It establishes relationship. It is the time when we seek the presence of the One who loves us most. With his “so that”, Peter establishes a direct link between the way husbands treat their wives and their ability to pray, to be in communion with the Creator.

Wives, Peter did not leave you out. His instructions begin identically: “Wives, in the same way… (3:1-6)”.

Thanks Peter.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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