This first week of Bible Study is about the Tongue - the Power of our Words! Day one was about our words revealing our character, Day 2 was about words and your children, and Day 3 (which is today for me) is about Words and your Spouse. The verse that was used is this:
"Likewise wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, whey they see your respectful and pure conduct" 1 Peter 3:1-2
I am blessed to have a husband that believes, a husband that loves the Lord and serves the church. So his belief is not the issue in our case (however I know so many wives who do struggle with unbelieving husbands and I hurt for them as they share their concerns). As I look at this verse I found it to be very convicting as a Pastor's wife. People at the church look to the pastor's for leadership and guidance, people outside the church look at Pastor's to see how they are living maybe to try to catch them stumbling but hopefully they are looking to them to see what it is about them that gives them such hope and joy!
That's where we as pastor's wives come in.... whether we signed up for it or not people are also watching us. They are watching how we treat our husbands, how we talk about them when then aren't in the room, and how "respect" others and live in "pure conduct". We can win people for Christ just by modeling healthy relationships with our husbands - whether your husband is a pastor or not! Just this past week - Pastor Aaron was talking about being a Fool for Christ and what that looks like to follow Christ Crucified.... and he challenged us to start at home - modeling a Godly marriage to our children - as pastors wives, our home is also the church so I believe we also have a responsibility to our church home to model the same!
How cool to think that just by loving, respecting and honoring your husband with words and actions you can be leading someone to know Christ!
It is a little overwhelming to think about that, but I am reminded of the verse that says, "to those who are given much, much is expected!" Go love on your husband today and with your respect and pure conduct show other Christ.
|One of my favorites from our honeymoon (I looked so young)|