“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives.”
by the conduct of their wives
“Conduct” means turning back, manner of life, way of life. The emphasis is upon daily overt behavior. Wives win their husbands by their manner of life. It is how we live that makes the difference. God counsels wives to win their husbands by their behavior.
A wife will win her husband if she operates by rapport with him.
A non-verbal witness has a more significant impact than verbal. The husband will formulate his view of Christianity by what he sees in his wife. He judges Christianity by the way she interprets it for him with her life.
If a woman nags her husband into submission, she destroys his masculinity. She humbles him. She takes away his manhood. He no longer makes decisions based on what he is. He makes decisions based on who she is.