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Christ Is Our Life in the Family (9 of 12)
November 2, 2003
INTRODUCTION: This passage makes it clear that Christ not only changes individuals, He also changes homes. Paul addressed himself to family members: husbands, wives, children, and fathers (parents). It seems clear that these persons being addressed were believers since the Apostle appealed to all of them to live to please Jesus Christ.
Remember, "if you be risen with Christ" seek those things which are above. This is "above advice"; Truth from above.
The first institution God founded on earth was the family. As goes the home, so goes society and the nation. Centuries ago Confucius said, "The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of its homes." One of the greatest things we can do as individuals is help to build godly Christian homes.
To understand this passage in its context, we must see the Christian home as the masterpiece of loving Christianity now presented as the special field for the practice of the holy principles just stated. It's the common sense of divine principles.
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Common Sense who has been with us for many years.
No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valued lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair.
Common sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge). His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprim ...
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