It is a remarkable fact that Paul even addresses children. In the ancient world, wives, children, and servants were not worthy of being spoken to. But in God’s kingdom, everyone has value.
The Faith … in the Family. If we can live it there we can live it anywhere. We must live it there that we might be a testimony to the world of the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.
Men, commit yourself to your wife’s future. Commit yourself to make her glorious and radiant. Remember Christ’s work for the church, how he loved the church and gave himself up for her.
You don’t have to go home and die for your wife. Go home and live for her, serve her, cherish her, nourish her. Die to yourself in small ways. Say no to yourself in small ways and say yes to her.
Headship isn’t about control but is about care. It is about our taking responsibility to minister to ourwives rather than ruling over them and asserting ourselves.
When Paul says, “wives subject yourselves to your own husbands,” he is doing this within a biblical framework where women were equal to men, where women were one with the men in Christ, where women were redeemed and loved by God just as men were redeemed and loved by God, and where women looked forward to an eternity of joy and reigning with Christ, just as men look forward to it.
I will go so far as to say that if you can live for Christ at home, you can live for him anywhere.
Paul gives us four descriptions of what it means to be filled with the Spirit of God. Today we will learn what they are to practice them!
Sin breaks us into fragments. But the Spirit of God puts the pieces of our lives together into wholeness. Sin dehumanizes us. But the Spirit of God restores the image of God inside us.
God provides many incentives to live for him, but this is the greatest incentive of all! God Himself has come to live in us.
God is calling people out of spiritual sleep into spiritual alertness, out of spiritual death into spiritual life, out of spiritual darkness into spiritual light.
Don’t you wish there was a patience pill? But there isn’t, and God wants to build patience in our lives. How does he do that? That’s what we will talk about today.
In our reach for “what works” it can be easy to lose sight of holy living. It is easier to practice a principle or implement a strategy than it is to say “no” to sin or to cultivate a godly habit.
Imagine getting to the end of our lives, not the end of a day or the end of a week or month, but getting to the end of life and thinking, “I’ve wasted it all!”
In Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. In other words, we see what a human really is. We see someone who perfectly reflects the image of God. We see love in all its purity. We see compassion in all its mercy. We see justice and righteousness for the hurting and poor, and we see commitment to God’s glory.