“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”
I Peter 3:7
Never Trust This Man!
Adrian Rogers once said, “Never trust a man who says he understands women—he’ll lie about other things too!”
Without a doubt, women can be hard to figure out at times (as well as us men). Nonetheless, though we might not always understand them and the emotions that drive their actions, we are instructed in Scripture to live with them in an understanding way.
What does an understanding way mean?
John MacArthur offers three thoughts for us to consider.
Be Considerate – Show her honor by being thoughtful, respectful, and sensitive to her deepest needs. Do you know your wife’s greatest needs right now? Ask her.
Be Chivalrous – The weaker vessel refers to the wife being under the authority, protection, and care of her husband. We are to act like a gentleman.
Be a Companion – Our marriage to our wives is referenced as a grace of life. One of the best gifts God has ever given us is our wives. We are to be proactive in thinking about things we can do together in companionship to grow our relationship.
These instructions are very serious. Peter states that ignoring them will result in us being powerless men. Why? Because our prayers may be hindered.
There will be times that we men simply don’t understand our wives. That’s okay. We don’t have to understand them, but we are to live with them in an understanding way.
Love Your Ms. Understanding
As we seek to live out our Biblical manhood, let’s strive to be considerate, chivalrous, and a loving companion. This approach will make it easier to live with Ms. Understanding!