So the “Weaker Vessel” verse has come up several times to me in conversations over the past week, regarding the differences between men and women 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.”
I just want to remind you today if you’re struggling with this, if someone is telling you that being a Godly wife is akin to being a doormat/maid/sexbot, if any idiot is telling you that your place as a “Godly” woman is to be lesser, or if you feel “weak” in your body, that this verse is talking about physical weakness, which is why it specifies “vessel”.
And yes IN GENERAL, our female bodies are weaker than most men’s. Biology. I didn’t make the rules. My vessel has Endometriosis and PCOS and gets migraines, it’s significantly weaker several days a month than my husband’s because of my female specific internal organs.
But that’s my vessel, my cursed body, the bit that shall return to dust. Not my spirit, not my intelligence, and not my faith. And this verse is telling men to honor and care for that “weakness”, and reminding them that in the eyes of Christ, we are EQUAL in all the ways that matter, “heirs with you”.
So if you feel weak of body today (chronic illness is no joke, y’all), or if someone is taking God’s word out of context to call you lesser, remember that you are not inherently lesser, or weak, in any way that truly matters to God or Christ.
I also have to point out here that what I LOVE about this verse, is that even in the Old Testament when the daughters of Zelophehad went to Moses for an inheritance – they were Heirs. and now, in the New Testament, post-Christ, we, being female, are heirs with men to Christ’s kingdom. It’s so beautiful.