Peter called upon Christian wives to do what is good and to never let fears alarm them. A Christian woman’s faith in God would help her not to be afraid. In this context, it could refer to their not fearing the physical harm that might come to them from their husbands, not fearing the result of submitting to their husbands, or not fearing what might happen if they had to disobey their husbands because their husbands asked them to do wrong or evil acts. It could also refer to the theme of persecution throughout this letter.
Leave Fear Behind: Peter counseled family peace, but with a limit. The first priority of a woman married to an unbeliever was always God. Peter knew how tough that faith would be on some women, who at that time had no legal redress against abuse.
Peter’s word of hope to women (and to everyone who takes a beating for faith) is trust in God. This does not mean that God expects women to accept physical and emotional abuse in marriage. Women who live with men who show a pattern of abuse should seek professional help. They should withdraw to a safe place and seek to protect other family members from harm. An abusive person will never be helped or “saved” by appeasement or giving in to abuse. Breaking the cycle of abuse can only start when the abused person gets help. ---Life Application Bible Commentary
I am convinced our fears and insecurities drive many of our actions and reactions. Without the life-changing, supernatural power of Jesus Christ many of us would never be free from fear. A study of this topic we will save for another time. Perhaps we will delve into this subject later in the year. I want to move on to the next two verses and finish our 1 Peter 3 study.
1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
We are going to talk about weaker. Does this word get my ire stirred!! How does this scripture apply if your marriage is unequally yoked? Let’s take a look in the next post.
Be Blessed, Lynn