What Can I Do to Win My Unbelieving Husband to Christ?
“Likewise, ye 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” (1 Peter 3:1-2).
The first use of “word” in our text refers to the Word of God. The second use of “word” refers to the word of the wife. It implies she has been talking to her husband, trying to get him to become a Christian, but it may finally become nagging that just provokes to argument and more resistance. At this point the wife must quit trying to talk to him about this matter and depend upon her “manner of life.” The unbelieving husband will “behold” his wife’s manner of life, i.e., he will give it “close and minute examination.” He must see that being a Christian makes a difference in your life in the home, on the street, on vacation, in relation to people, etc.
The Christian wife must adorn herself properly (1 Peter 3:3-4). Peter does not forbid a woman taking care of her hair, wearing any gold, and putting on clothes, but he does forbid excessive concern for these things. Christians, whether men or women, must always array themselves in garments “befitting their station in life, and the cause which they have espoused,” as brother Guy Woods has said.
The unbelieving husband who sees his wife spend considerable time dressing the outward man, but little time studying the Bible, attending Bible classes, and engaging in the Christian works will be little impressed with Christianity. She must show great concern with adorning the “hidden man of the heart with a meek and quiet spirit.”
The unbelieving husband who sees his wife truly practice Christianity in all phases of life can be won to Christ.