The Christian Home

Colossians 3:18-25
(18) Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
(19) Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them
(20) Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
(21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
(22) Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
(23) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.
(24) Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
(25) But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.

Verses 3:18-19
Brothers and Sisters, based on the kind of Christian life to which you are called, Apostle Paul gives some practical guidance. General applications like “be good” or “love everybody” are very difficult to follow. Paul seeks to apply moral truths to our daily lives. Ephesians 5:21; 6:9: .

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Ephesians 6:9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

The home usually consist of father, mother and children, and in some rare occasions a butler/Maid (servants).

Wives to submit. The word submit is a military term meaning to “ARRANGE ONESELF UNDER ANOTHER: and indicates a voluntary submission, not an unthinking obedience. The parallel verse of Ephesians 5:21 may speak of mutual submission, as some have suggested. EITHER WAY IT IS CLEAR THAT SUBMISSION DOES NOT DENIGRATE THE ONE WHO SUBMITS.

The husband is commanded to “LOVE HIS WIFE” (Ephesians 5:25) says as Christ loved the church). In the husbands headship, he “IS TO SEEK HER HIGHEST GOOD, NOT HIS OWN WELFARE. HE IS TO HONOR HER AND BE CONSIDERATE OF HER, AND NOT TO BE BITTER OR HARSH.

Verses 3:20-21 Children and fathers also have admonition. Children are to obey. The all things should not be taken as an absolute. When God’s truth and anyone’s demands come in conflict, a child should obey God. A father should be careful not to frustrate his children or discourage them. Regulations should be reasonable, not arbitrary. The father should train his children the same way God disciplines and teaches him.

Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not truly have tomorrow. Salvation is available to all. Have a blessed day.

Written By Edward Jeffries

9 thoughts on “The Christian Home

  1. Good morning, brother,
    Happy Mother’s Day to the women in your life! Thank you for this powerful reminder. The Christian home should be a model of how God operates as our eternal “parent” and “master”. As a proud Christian woman raised by my mother, I am truly grateful for her love and her example as a God-loving woman who will go above and beyond for me and my sister to be successful and live as blessed servants. Despite the fact I am blind, I thank God for giving me a mother with such great wisdom and joy that has led me through my greatest victories and trials. Her sense of humor is what makes being in a Christian family so beautiful despite all of the trials that are thrown at us. A mother can have so much influence on the way our children live, and I am proud to say that mom has exemplified the qualities of a woman of God, and a joyful spirit.
    Oh, I forgot to tell you this. Despite the fact I am being tested at school right now, I will say that there has been one blessing that came out of this fiasco. Last semester, my geometry teacher give me the Principal’s Award for mathematics at a banquet that happened before school, and for being an encouragement to many during Covid (ex. The virtual movement and my passion for current events).
    Here is the video. Scroll down to 1:00, and you will hear my math teacher’s powerful speech. This speech made nearly my mother cry.
    https://www.d219tv.org/2021/11/04/niles-north-principal-recognition-award-breakfast/

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    1. Hi, Maia,

      What a beautiful tribute to your mom. I am grateful for the values my mother instilled in me also.

      That was really awesome that your Geometry teacher gave you that award.

      Smells like my father and sister have dinner almost ready, so my family is about to award our stomachs with some good food. LoL!

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      1. I thought his speech was very heartfelt. Mathematics has got to be one of your strong subjects in school. Sounds like your Geometry teacher might be willing to recommend you for a teaching position down the road.

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    1. Hi, Dan, you asked a very good question. To best answer your question can I ask you if you and your parents are “born again Christians?
      Which means you and your parents have asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior; And you believe that The Bible is God’s inerrant Word.

      Answering this question for me will help me to know what direction to go in answering your question.

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      1. Hi, Dan

        From your response, I am now assuming that both you and your parents are all “born again” Christians. Therefore, the advice I will provide is based upon scripture from Matthew 18:15-20 and Galatians 6.

        Always start by praying to God for Him to direct you on the right time and the right words to speak to your parents. Regardless of what they are doing they are your parents, and you must approach them in love. As you pray, you will also want to be humble enough to ask God to show you areas in your own life, where you are sinning; And you will repent of these sins and ask God to help you to let go of these items.

        CONVERSING WITH YOUR PARENTS:
        Start by talking with them by yourself, and show them in scripture where God’s Word disapproves of whatever sin they are committing. The lusts of the flesh mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21 are a quick place to start, but you could also research other scriptures online that relate to the sin they are committing. Let them know you love them, and want them to set a Godly example for other people. The sins we continue to willfully commit, not only effect the believer’s ability to witness to unbelievers, but these sins can also negatively impact our health, work careers, and even cause problems in families and friendships. You must discuss with your parents how the sins they continue to dabble in, will negatively impact their lives. As believers we need to keep in mind that while our entrance into Heaven was secured when we accepted Jesus as Savior…You, your parents, me, and every other “born again” Christian will have to stand before Jesus Christ someday to give an account for our good and evil deeds. Unrepented sins will result in a loss of Heavenly rewards.(II Corinthians 5:10)

        I pray that your parents will receive your loving admonishment, but if they don’t your next step would be to reach out to another believer(pastor, family member/friend); And you and this trusted person will talk with your parents together. No matter how your paretns respond, never stop loving and praying for them.

        I pray that my words help you out.

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