5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening” (I Peter 3:5-6).
In continuing his thoughts of submissiveness within the home, the Apostle Peter describes a truly beautiful woman as one who was holy. As we have already seen (I Peter 1:16), the word holy (ἅγιος; agios) means pure, divine, dedicated and separated from sin.
These holy women of the Old Testament were individuals who hoped (ἐλπίζω; elpizo) or possessed confidence in the character of God. Therefore, they believed God’s promises.
These were women who adorned or beautified themselves by submitting to their own husbands. They were responsible to and responsible for the husband God gave them. One such example was Sarah.
As one theologian explains, “Sarah is chosen as a specific example of a woman who was submissive to her husband. She obeyed Abraham and called him her master. That is, she recognized him as the leader and head of their household (Gen. 18:12). Like other holy women of the past, Sarah put her hope in God. This kind of conduct gives women the spiritual heritage of Sarah: You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear (ptoēsin, “terror”—used only here in the NT). Wives who are fearful (perhaps because of disobeying their husbands) are not putting all their trust in God.”
Some women fear being submissive to their husbands. Many husbands give their wives reason to fear. Holy is the woman who trusts in the Lord and is obedient to God. This results in her specifically being submissive and responsible to her man.
Ask God to give you the courage to be obedient to Him today.
Soli deo Gloria!