The Human Factor

1 Peter 3:7  Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Notice that Peter tells us men to live in an understanding way. We are to try to understand our wives.

One of the differences between husbands and wives is that men want to be  understood and women want to be loved.

No problem on the surface.

It’s when we get to the differing definitions of what each perceives to be “understanding” or “love.”

One wit has said that men want to be loved a little and understood a lot. Women want to be loved a lot–but don’t try to understand them at all.

From the world’s point of view, we can laugh at that; but that is not God’s word to us.

Men are to live with their wives in an understanding way.

That takes effort. Maybe even lifelong effort.

We must understand the HUMAN factor in this equation, however.

Men are human–which is an accurate acronym for the situation.

Husbands Understand Mates Almost Never

Wives must also understand the human factor when they get frustrated with their husband’s seeming lack of concern.

Husband Understands Me Almost Never.

And there you have it–the human factor explained.

2 thoughts on “The Human Factor

  1. I find it interesting that once we left the “submission” teaching of the early 70’s, all the emphasis seems to be on the husbands’ loving their wives. I rarely hear anything about the older women teaching the younger women to love their husbands (Titus 2:3-5), or any of the other scriptural admonitions, or should I say encouragements, we women are given. We don’t like them, so we toss them. And then we wonder why our homes break up and our lives are empty.


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