Wednesday 6th September 2017

Colossians 3: 18-25 (NKJV)

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

Today’s passage contains instructions for every member of the family. Fathers are enjoined to love their wives and not to provoke their children. Wives are instructed to be submissive to their husbands. Children are to obey their parents and servants their masters.  How wonderful families would be if every member adheres to these instructions.

In many families, these instructions are difficult to keep because some members are working contrary to God’s will. It is not easy as a father to love a stubborn wife or for children to respect a father who provokes family members continually. It is also not easy for wives to love difficult husbands or servants to be committed to difficult masters. This has led to separations, divorce, and disobedience. It is important to note that these instructions are not given on the condition that other family members are behaving well. In vs. 23-24, we are reminded that we work unto God and not men. God sees our situations and is the only one that can really reward our services and toils. We are to fulfil our own part in obedience to Him. The grace of God is sufficient if we decide to obey.

Prayer: Lord, help me to obey You in spite of other people’s behaviour.