1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
The first thing that always catches my eye, “dwell with them with understanding.”
That takes time, patience, and the ability to learn.
Men and women are very similar in many ways and polar opposites in many others.
I don’t think like a woman because I have over sixty years experience of thinking like a man.
But a successful marriage involves me learning.
One of the first things I had to learn when I married Linda was she is my wife not my mother.
She re-educated me on the art of putting my clothes in the dirty clothes basket rather than crumple them on the floor somewhere.
Or check my pockets because she will not. If something is left in there it’s getting washed!
I gave her honor by learning to do these things.
Don’t get me wrong, she also adapted to me because we are “heirs together of the grace of life”!
A marriage is not a dictatorship – it is the relationship of two people acting as one.
In this way “your prayers may not be hindered.”