Monday, January 17, 2011

Unsaved Husbands

"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, when they see your respectful and pure conduct" (1 Peter 3:1-2, ESV).

Often I am asked what wives can do to witness or share Christ with their husbands. It can be frustrating when a wife comes to know the Lord and her husband wants no part of her new life. He usually wants his old wife back. It can be quite a challenge to live out faith before those you are closer to.

The verses that I share are found in 1 Peter 3:1-2. Simply put, these verses lay out a plan for women. (1) Be subject to your husband - even if they don't know the Lord, (2) win them over without a word, (3) be respectful, and (4) have pure conduct. It sounds so easy. As wives, we are still under the authority of our husbands. God puts them there to provide and to protect us. We are to live out our faith by being loving, respectful, and not pushing them with our words. Once we have told them of our faith, the rest involves living it out. We must remain close to Jesus in order to do this. Having time to read the Word, study it, meditate on it, and to pray is essential. We are to remain pure and to see to be holy before the Lord.

Today, if you find yourself married to one who doesn't know Christ, I am praying for you. I may not know who you are but God knows. May He give you the grace to love Him enough to be able to follow your husband and live in such a way that he will come to know the Lord.

By the way, for not unequally yoked. God doesn't want your dating life to be a mission trip. Gracefully bow out of the relationship and continue to pray. God has a plan for you...but it is not with someone who is not saved. I'm praying for you too. :)