Colossians 3:18 to 4:6
18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. 1 Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
I was unable to take notes Sunday, as I was holding my daughter. I am surprised to find that I remember most of it. I did miss the title, though, LOL.
Submission in this passage means to willingly put yourself under authority. Husbands are not commanded to make their wives submit. That’s not the responsibility they were given. The husbands have the more difficult task here, because the love that is spoken if is the agape love. It is to be a sacrificial love.
Pastor shared with us something he had read about how to frustrate children. Children get frustrated when you
- ignore them (don’t pay attention)
- indulge them (give them everything they want)
- or insult them (don’t respect the contributions they can make to the family).
When we work we need to remember that our job is really a gift from God, and that we always do our best. In the workplace, there are many opportunities to witness, and one way to do that is to perform our duties thoroughly and pleasantly. If we are the employer, we should be fair with our employees.
Pray for your pastor(s), that God would open doors for them to share the Gospel. Be wise and use your time well.
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