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Marriage: Why are Wives Called Weaker Vessels?

Weaker Vessels =/= Weak In General

Episode Summary

On today’s show, Mike and Linda conclude their discussion of the memory verse 1 Peter 3:7

You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

In this final discussion of the given memory verse, Mike and Linda bring up a few last important notes as to the commandments given to men on how to treat their wives. Particularly, Mike focuses on how husbands should be treating their wives as a weaker vessel in the relationship. He is quick to point out that this verse does not mean what most people typically think it means. This verse is not meant to call women weak in general, but to remind men that their wives have different strengths than they themselves possess. Pastor Mike makes two key points about how women are the “weaker vessel”:

  1. Women are typically more emotionally sensitive than their male counterparts. This is not a bad thing but simply means that husbands should not treat their wives in the same way that they interact with their male friends and family members. A more gentle behavior is in order within the relationship.
  2. Women are typically more spiritually sensitive and can act as guides to their husbands when something in their lives is spiritually off. Wives can often have a higher awareness of spiritual issues which should be kept in mind by husbands.

Men, often being less sensitive when it comes to emotional and spiritual matters, can be considered the stronger of the two individuals in the relationship on these points.

Listen to today’s show to learn more about how husbands should be treating their wives according to this powerful Bible verse.

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