Scripture: 1 Peter 3:7
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.
Insights: Yesterday we learned that we need to be physically present in our marriages, but that we also need to be intellectually engaged as well. Remember, the entire purpose of our current sermon series is to understand how REAL worship is relevant to our lives. Our worship to the Lord is relevant in our marriages because of the major impact it has on our spouses and children. So, as we are physically present and as we are intellectually engaged in the marriage, we are actually worshipping the Lord if we are focused on His ability at work in us to do these tasks well. Today, we will focus on the last two areas in which a husband worships the Lord as he loves his wife. The third area is in our emotional connectedness. Peter wrote, “…and show her honor….” She is a princess in the kingdom of God, if she is born again. If she is not born again, then it is your job to show her how much of a princess she can be, and hopefully, she will receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. So, how does one show honor to their spouse? It is a concept that has gone out of fashion, but is still vital to real worship and that is to be chivalrous. Go the extra mile to take care of the little details of life that shows your wife that she is the most valuable person to you. Open her car door and the doors into buildings. When you are up getting a drink ask her if there is anything you can get her while you are up. If there is a task you know she just does not like to do, then do it for her. Look after your princess in the way a princess of the King out to be treated. The final area in which you worship the Lord as you love you wife is in the spiritual area. Peter wrote, “… so that your prayers will not be hindered.” Peter assumes that the husband and wife are praying together. He assumes the husband is worshipping the Lord as he loves his wife, but he also understands that if the man fails to worship the Lord in this realm, then his intimacy with the Lord is going to be affected. Therefore, Peter gives his warning about the husbands spiritual life. Don’t let anything happen to your spiritual power because you have failed to love your wife the way God intended for you to love her.
1. Husbands, are you emotionally connected with your spouse?
2. How do you spiritually lead your wife to a deeper and richer relationship with Jesus?
Prayer: Father, help me to not miss the emotional well being of my wife because of my lack of emotional sensitivity. Let me lead her well into the grace found in Jesus and let me present her to You as a bride unblemished ready for marriage. Amen.