Any husband is proud of a wife who is attractive; but that beauty must come from the heart,
not the store. We are not of this world, but must not look as though we came from out of this
Peter did not forbid the wearing of jewelry any more than the wearing of apparel. The word
“wearing” in 1 Peter 3:3 means “the putting around,” and refers to a gaudy display of jewelry.
It is possible to wear jewelry and still honor God, and we must not judge one another in this
Peter closed this section on godly wives by pointing to Sarah as an example of a godly,
submissive wife. Christian wives today would probably embarrass their husbands if they
called them “lord,” but their attitudes ought to be such that they could call them “lord” and
people would believe it.
The believing wife who submits to Christ and to her husband, and who cultivates a “meek
and quiet spirit” (v. 4) will never have to be afraid. God will watch over her even when her
unsaved mate creates problems for her.
Scripture for today: “Wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the
Word, they also may without the Word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they
behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of
gold, or of putting on of apparel” (1 Peter 3:1-3).
Also read: Genesis 18, for background.
Action assignment: Can you list the names of five submissive women mentioned in the
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