After Paul spoke to slaves and told them how to behave toward their masters, he then spoke to masters and said, “do the same things to them.” These six little words are shocking – “do the same things to them!” Today, we will find out why.
Jesus had a long-range vision, the reestablishment of God’s perfect reign on earth where all injustices, like slavery, would be eliminated. He inaugurated the reign of God in a way different than most had imagined. He did not establish the kingdom through force but through forgiveness.
Our children should obey without question, but parents, they will quickly learn the difference between a good rule with a reason behind it and an arbitrary rule that we make up just for our convenience.
Children, young people, do you want a long life and have a life where things go well for you? Then obey your parents. Honor your father and mother and the promise will be fulfilled.
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.
A loving God would never send people to Hell, would he? Today, we are going to tackle this tough question for today’s Christian.
We are engaged in a great spiritual contest for the glory of the Lord in the world, and we must not let individual achievements or fame overshadow what can only be done when we are united for the faith of the gospel.
What’s limiting you? What terrible circumstances are you in? I do not want to minimize your difficulty, but listen today and see how Paul worked through his terrible circumstances for the glory of God.
Have you ever been in situations where you felt out of place, you felt like you didn’t belong, and were uncomfortable? You will never feel that when you are with Christ. You will be in the place where you belong, the place you were made for – the presence of God.
This is why you and I were created. We do not exist for ourselves. We do not exist for our pleasure. We exist for the pleasure of God.