When we became young adults, we were at a church convention where I asked her for a date. We drove two hours to tour New York City instead of a local Pennsylvania mountain waterfall attraction as we had first planned."Over time we began to realize how much we enjoyed each other's company and knew we were 'growing' in love.That truth has brought immeasurable emotional pain and other consequences to many Christians.Worse, it has brought great dishonor to the name of Christ and to the witness of individuals and the church. For Christians, the Lord has given us his Word, and the Holy Spirit helps us to understand it.
The second key phrase is in verse 2: “when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.” Purity and reverence ennoble a person; they are signs of spiritual strength.They are the marks of carefully guarded relationships with people and with God.Submission without purity and reverence has no potency, but when someone is the recipient of your humble submission and realizes that it springs not from his or her power over you but from your relationship with God, the person is changed by the experience.The secret of a Christian wife’s submission is found in three phrases.The first is in verse 1: “in the same way.” It refers back to the Christlike submission described in the previous verses (–24).