Our Attention to Theirs

1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior (1 Peter 3).

The word for “disobedient” (ä-pā-the’-ō) is the word from which we get our word “apathetic.” Thus, to be apathetic to God’s Word is the same as being disobedient to it. Yet, the word in the Greek carries a much stronger meaning—the idea of willful action, a refusal to comply.

The word “observes” is yet another word used only by Peter (we saw it also in 2:12), and means “to look upon attentively.” Thus, while the husband refuses to pay any attention to God’s Word, still, he can’t help but give attention to the “chaste and respectful behavior” of his godly wife, who does give great attention to God’s Word.

Lord, may our devoted attention to obeying Your Word bring the attention of others This Day, that they themselves might become obedient, too. Amen.