This passage of Scripture opens with a command to wives to in such a Christ-like manner that their unbelieving husbands will be irresistibly drawn to Christ (3:1). It concludes by commanding husbands to understand and honor their wives.
Peter goes on to say that when we do not live in understanding and honor, our own relationship with God can be hampered and our prayers go unanswered. It is when our lives reflect Jesus’ actions and attitudes that the channel to God is opened wide. Our spiritual health and growth is assured, and we become “heirs together of the grace of life.” The word “heir” denotes a joint participant, or one who receives a possession with another.
Our godly inheritance is “the grace of life,” a fruitful life here and for eternity with the Lord. Now He calls us, along with our spouse, to be joint participants in our purpose and joint recipients of His promise.