Pray for revival in the USA; simplicity in worship and fullness in Biblical teaching.

Pray for revival in the USA; simplicity in worship and fullness in Biblical teaching.

Prayer Focus: United States

Bible Reading: Philemon, Colossians 1-4

Scripture

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.  Colossians 3:18-25 NIV

Observation

Paul writes to the Colossians praising them for keeping the faith; he talks about the supremacy of Christ, throwing off the sin nature, putting on the new nature in Christ, forgiveness, right living, right relationships, and family relationships.

Application

Verse 18, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting to the Lord,” is not a beloved verse.  Verse 19, “Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them,” is not an often remembered verse.  Verse 20, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord,” is a lost verse.

Out of those three things we hear something different from the world.

The world tells women they don’t have to obey their husbands.  That “obeying” is an antiquated and archaic ideology that kept women enslaved to their husbands for centuries.  We’re beyond that now, we’re in the modern age, and women should be in control of their lives.

The world tells men that women are for objectifying, not loving.  Respect and honor are “old school” notions.  Women are to be ogled, ranked and rated based on their physicality and dress, or even paid to perform.

The world tells children that parents aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.  Rules were made to be broken, right?  So, live now, sow you’re wild oats and if your parents get in the way of that just ignore them and treat them like the idiots they are.

Do you ever just stop and think about what’s happened?  Is it possible that we misunderstand the intent of submit, love and obey?  Are we so caught up in serving ourselves that we’ve forgotten what a community, even the family community, means?

God is a trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  When God created man He said, “it is not good for man to be alone.”  (Genesis 2:18)  It wasn’t that God made a mistake, rather, He was making a point, about community.  God is Himself a community of three.  A family unit; Husband, wife, child, is a community of three.  We get to add children and so our community can grow, but let’s stop right there for a moment.  The Son submits to the Father; Jesus did the will of His Father on earth.  The Father loves the Son; The Father declared He was pleased with Jesus, He cared for and nourished Jesus during Jesus’ time on earth, and He even raised Jesus from the dead.  The Holy Spirit is a bit harder to understand, not unlike kids.  But the Holy Spirit comforts us and grows our faith in God drawing us to Him, not separating us from Him.

All of this got perverted along the way.  Husbands were cruel to their wives and children, treating them as second class.  Wives would not submit to a tyrant and the children wanted no part of it.

It’s up to us to change all that.  The world mocks the Christian family, but we must be the example and restore the family.  Husbands, love your wives and be worthy of their submission; be kind to your children and explain to them what’s going on so they will want to obey.  Wives, submit to your husbands and be willing to teach them how to love.  Children, you’re parents want whats best for you, listen to them and if they’re driving you crazy talk to them about it, don’t hide it.

Communication in community.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I have not always been a worthy husband.  Show me how to be worthy of the love of my wife and children.  Encourage Christian families around the world to live out your plan for the family and let it be tool to lead the lost to you.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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