by Tony Nester

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Honoring Christ in Your Family (16 of 18)
Tony Nester
Colossians 3:18-4:1

Last week's Scripture passage from Colossians ended
with this challenge from the Apostle Paul:
(Colossians 3:17 NRSV) "And whatever you do, in word
or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Do we believe that "everything" is to be done in the
name of the Lord Jesus? Well, then, the most
practical place to begin putting meaning into these
words is in our families.

First Lady Barbara Bush once said, "Our success as a
society depends not on what happens in the White House
but on what happens inside your house." She is right.

In Colossians 3:18-4:1 we have a picture of what
families looked like back when the Christian gospel
began to spread across the Roman Empire. These
families were made up of husbands who had the right to
dominate their wives, fathers who ruled their children
with an iron hand, slave masters who possessed the
power to punish slaves for any infraction or
disobedience. Obviously this power was easily abused.
There were wives who resented and sought to undermine
their husbands, children who rebelled against their
parents, and slaves who tried to shirk their duty
whenever they could get away with it.

In Colossians 3:18-4:1 the Apostle Paul tells
Christians that this kind of family life does not
honor the Lord. Paul knew that the Gospel of Christ
would change families for the better. He gives a word
of challenge to every member of the household to act
with a different spirit.

(Colossians 3:18-4:1 NRSV) "Wives, be subject to your
husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. {19} Husbands,
love your wives and never treat them harshly. {20}
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is
your acceptable duty in the Lord. {21} Fathers, do not
provoke your children, or they may lose heart. {22}
Slaves, obey your earthly mas ...

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