Theme of the Week: All Things New: New Perspectives
Bible Verse: “Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them … Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they won’t become discouraged.” Colossians 3:19-21, CSB
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:17-21
The Bible gives us the big picture: our purpose is to glorify God and enjoy him in every area of our lives. But it drills down and gives us the granular details too.
For instance, in Colossians 3:17, Paul says, “Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” But then he unpacks what this means in our families.
- For those who are married “love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them.” The household codes of Paul’s day outlined the rights of husbands. Paul outlines our responsibilities: to selflessly work for our wives’ good and guard against a negative attitude towards them. We’re to treat them as fellow-heirs of God’s grace (1 Peter 3:7).
- For those who have children Paul flips the normal way we think. Household codes usually told children not to provoke their fathers. Paul tells fathers to guard against provoking or exasperating their children. Fathers must not use their God-given authority in self-serving ways. We’re to always seek the good of our children in how we parent them.
Glorifying God in our families means that we selflessly serve our wives and our children.
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