Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3“that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” 4And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. 5Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. 9And 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.

Paul presents us with some hard facts of the ideal Christian home First, that husbands and wives should be honoured by their children. Second, that children and servants in the home should obey their parents and not do eye service. Thirdly, It is the parents’ responsibility to lay the foundation for a good and solid moral upbringing of their children, especially in their own adult and godly life style. When Christian parents take time to train their children by their own life of obedience and service to Christ; they are able to produce a godly offspring.

Christian parents should have a family altar where they read, listen, teach the word of God and pray with their children and servants. This will help provide daily the opportunity for everyone to practise and enjoy the presence of God. Christian parents should treat the servants and such others in their home with love and care as much as they do for their biological offspring and servants are enjoined to give loyal service as unto the Lord Jesus Christ, if they have themselves become Christians and so His subjects. One day He will return and give honour and reward accordingly.

PRAYER:  Lord, grant me an ideal Christian home where I and my spouse, children, and servants will love, obey and serve You together. Amen.