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March 17th, 2018 - Col 3:18-21

                     Daily Devotional <> March 17,2018 <> Saturday

                Behavior in the Christian Home <> Colossians 3:18-21

                            Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   The first injunction of the Apostle is addressed to the wives. They are to submit to their own husbands as is fitting in the LordAccording to the divine plan, the husband is the head of the house. The woman has been given the place of submission to her husband. She is not to dominate or lead, but to follow his leadership, wherever she can without compromising her loyalty to Christ. There are as you know instances where a woman cannot submit to her husband & still be faithful to Christ. In such cases. her first loyalty is to the Lord. Where a Christian woman has a backward husband, this verse indicates that she should help him fulfill his proper place in the home, rather than for her to usurp it because she may be more clever.

 

   The balance which is presented to us in the word of God is beautiful. The Apostle does not stop with this advice to the wives; he now goes on to show that husbands, too, have a responsibility. They are to love their wives & not be bitter toward them. If these simple precepts were followed, many of the problems of married life would disappear, & homes would be happier in the Lord. Actually, no wife would object to submitting to her husband who truly loves her. The submission of the wife to the husband should be a voluntary act “as is fitting in the Lord.

 

   Children, are admonished: obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. In all ages families have been held together by two simple principles <> authority & obedience. Notice here that obedience is to be in all things. This not only mean things that are agreeable, but those which are not so agreeable.

 

   Children of unsaved parents are often put in difficult positions. They want to please the Lord & yet at the same time they are faced with demands made upon them by their parents. In general, we feel that if they honor their parents, God will in turn honor them. As long as they are living in the home of their parents, they have a definite obligation to perform. Of course, they should not do anything that is contrary to the teachings of Christ, but ordinarily they would not be called upon to do such. Often they will be called upon to do things that might seem distasteful to them, but as long as it is not wrong or sinful, they can determine to do it as to the Lord. In this way they can be a good testimony to their parents & seek to win them to the Lord. 

 

   Fathers should not provoke their children, lest they become discouraged. It is interesting that this advice is addressed to the fathers & not to the mothers. Does it not reveal that the danger of a father committing this fault is greater than that of the mother? It suggests that mothers are more prone to spoil their children.