Worth the Wait

3 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 1 Peter 3:1-2

These verses has caused quite a bit of consternation in the Western (and many other places I presume) church over the last 50 years. The notion that women should be subservient to men is preposterous. On the contrary, Peter was merely laying out a reasoned way to win husbands over to the Lord. Men don’t like to be nagged or “guilted into” going to church or doing religious things. Actually nobody likes to be nagged. The reverse psychology of silence is powerful and effective. It’s also contrary to societal norms. To be fair, silence about spiritual things also works when men use it.

I’m almost certain there are women reading this that are in this situation. You’ve prayed for him, asked him nicely, and done everything within your power to led him to Christ. Continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will convict. If he wants to go with you to church, he’ll ask. No sarcasm. No nagging. No heavy sighs when he refuses to go. When you weep, weep with a friend. And continue to pray. The hardest part in all of this is waiting. You want results now. God knows what He’s doing! He’s working in ways you never considered.

Keep praying.

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