1 Peter 3:2

Saturday, 9 November 2019

…when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 1 Peter 3:2

Peter continues with his reason why women are to be submissive to their husbands, even if they are non-believers. And so he says, “when they observe.”

The word translated as “observe” was introduced in 1 Peter 2:12. Peter now uses it again for the last time in Scripture. It signifies to look upon or behold. In both instances, observation of the believer leads to a noticeable change in the beholder –

“…having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”


“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.”

Like the non-believing Gentiles who are set to glorify God because of the conduct of believers, even when spoken of as evildoers, so non-believing husbands can be greatly affected by the conduct of their wives which they observe. It is conduct which Peter next describes as “chaste.”

The word signifies pure to the core, unadulterated, uncontaminated, and without any spoil – even to the center of one’s being. There is no mixture of anything impure or worthy of rebuke or condemnation. It is a word used of that which is sacred, holy, and free from ceremonial defilement, as in an offering. Imagine a husband with such a wife. He could never find an accusation against her, and thus his heart would hopefully be pricked each time he considered her ways, knowing it was because of her faith in Christ.

Peter then says that this chaste conduct is to be “accompanied by fear.” The Greek literally reads, “in fear.” There are several possible intents for Peter saying this. The first would be out of reverent fear of God, as it is used elsewhere. Because this has been determined by the Lord, even since the fall of man, it is her duty to act this way in awed fear of the Lord.

The second is out of respect for her husband, fearing that anything less would be improper due to his authority over her, and thus damaging the relationship which exists between them.

And the third would be a fear of the consequences of failing to show proper respect, which would be to further alienate him from a relationship with the Lord. As a believer, her highest duty is to the Lord. Therefore, her duty to her husband is to win him to the Lord. Should she not act with a proper fear of the Lord, of her husband, or towards the gospel, the chances of his salvation would be greatly diminished.

Life application: It should be the great hope of all believers that their conduct would be such that those who observe it will want to know who this wonderful Lord is that the believers would be such fine examples of honorable character.

If you come to Christ and then act in a manner which is in line with the gospel, regardless of how you are treated, others cannot help but notice. Therefore, let your respect for the Lord be of the highest and most exalted manner possible. Let the people of the Lord proclaim His surpassing greatness and be ever mindful of His mercies upon us. By having this attitude, may others see our testimony and our faithful walk and be won over, even without words.

Lord, before we knew You, we lived as those who had no respect or fear for You. Our lips failed to praise You and, in fact, we spoke Your name in inappropriate ways. Now we know You, now we fear You, and now we love You. Give us the desire and ability to always exalt You so that others will see and fear You as well. In all things, may You be glorified through our lives. Amen.

9 thoughts on “1 Peter 3:2

  • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Pastor Charlie, thank You for the word today. Even though I am not a wife, I was challenged to:
    a) Be a servant, following the example of my Lord,
    b) Live so that my unsaved neighbors will see my conduct and desire to know my Jesus.
    There are so many women in my country who want to be pastors and leaders instead of servants. Bible schools accept female students who want to be pastors. We also have many female apostles, and they become incensed if you do not address them by these titles. I had a personal experience with this when I refused to call one of them ‘apostle’.
    To me it is all about pride, the major characteristic of Lucifer. Last month I walked out of church one Sunday, when the Pastor’s wife got up to preach. Most Pastors in Trinidad call their wives “Pastor”, or “Apostle”. It is so heart rending.
    To my SW family, I got good news from the doctor. They have narrowed down my issue to ‘severe acid reflux’. I have been given new meds and I feel much better today- no nausea, no pain. Thanks be to God for His answer and thanks to all of you for holding me up in prayer. To God be the glory, great things He has done.

    • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Severe acid reflux is painful, but praise God it isn’t worse. You can live a normal life! I am so very happy. And people who like titles have a bit of a head problem. Including me. You can just call me Charlie without the Pastor and I am happy as a clam!

      Praise God Ruth!

  • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 7:44 am

    thank you , praise GOD for the good news ruth . GOD is good love and prayers

  • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Amen to living for the lord! It’s funny how we see it as freedom and the unsaved see it as lowly servitude and restricting. I do hope they Will wake up to the truth before its to late and join us in this unbounded freedom we have in the lord!
    Excellent news Ruth God is good and he watches over us and protects us praying your back to 100 % good health soon

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 9:31 am

    A good prayer, thanks Charlie. it is because we now know and love the Lord that we are able to walk by the Spirit and thus honor our beloved Christ, and be the witness of the truth of God’s love.
    So relieved for Ruth’s sake regarding her health. My wife lives with acid reflux every day and it can ruin her sleep at night. thankfully she can munch on an apple which relieves her discomfort.
    Love to each of you.

    • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      I didn’t know that. Both about your wife and about apple munching. I hope Ruth sees your comment and keeps apples handy.

  • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 9:47 am

    “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psa. 5:3) 1) morning – rise and praise; 2) daily – walk and talk; 3) evening – lay and pray; and 4) always – read the word and apply what you have heard. ~Charlie

  • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Amen! Bless each of you <3

  • Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 6:49 pm



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