[Wives:] But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle (meek) and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. – I Peter 3:4 ESV (Other Translations)
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding (considerate) 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 ESV (Other Translations)
Wives are to have a gentle and quiet spirit that comes out in their words and actions. But husbands too must be gentle if they are to be considerate of their wives and honor them. In whatever way women are the weaker vessel, it requires husbands then to be gentle with them.
And husbands and wives, like all people, can be weak and bruised and weary from the trials and struggles of this world. And so they need to be gentle with each other.
This is the great test of gentleness. It is easy to put on show in public, but what are we like at home? Are we gentle with each other, or are we harsh, brawling, loud, or manipulative?
Every marriage would improve greatly if gentleness ruled in our homes. God calls us to grow in gentleness.
If you are married, are you gentle with your spouse?
Does gentleness rule in your home?
How might you need to be more gentle toward your spouse this week?