Fellow Heirs

7 You 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).

Such a verse as this is growing more and more unpopular in these days. To say that women are “weaker” is sexist and unacceptable—for, after all, some of the best “Ninja Warriors” on television are indeed women, and more impressive than that, women are now being placed on the front lines of the battlefield. But I would say two things concerning this: 1) such women are the exception, and not the rule; and 2) in Peter’s day there were likely no exceptions at all.

Does anyone really think the NFL would not field a 230 lb. female running back who could run the 40 in 4.2 seconds and survive continuous hits by a 260 lb. linebacker? Women are just not built that way—and that is OK!  They still deserve as much “honor” (literally “value”) as any man who is “a fellow heir of the grace of life.”

And just how important is it for men to honor/value their wives—and women in general? If they do not, then their “prayers will … be hindered.” In other words, if men do not live with their wives (and women in general) in an understanding way, and honor and value them, treating them with dignity and respect—then God will not honor or value their prayers. It’s as simple as that.

Lord, thank You for our wives—and all the godly women you have placed in our lives! Help us men to honor them and value them as much as You do—This Day, and every day. Amen.