FRIDAY 26TH MARCH, 2021
THEME: BE GODLY IN ACTS
PASSAGE: COLOSSIANS 3:18-25
MEMORY VERSE: Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
HYMN: MHB 444 (18.104.22.168.) – BELOVED, let us, love.
In our passage today, Paul addressed the Colossian Church on the need to build godly homes in order to impact society positively. Godly families build holy congregations and a moral society. There will surely be godly families when husbands, wives, children and even maids or servants play their various roles with the fear of God. The godly acts of every family member metamorphose to God’s plan for humanity.
Wives should submit to their husbands to support in maintaining headship, orderliness, unity and respect worthy of emulation by the children. Submission shows humility and companionship, even if the wife is the breadwinner of the family. It trains children to honour authority.
Husbands have the responsibility to love their wives just as Christ loved the Church and died to save it (Eph 5:25). Husbands should be dead to sins such as pride, anger, sexual perversion, infidelity, assault and battery, and they should love their wives in spite of the weaknesses of such wives. They should correct in love and forgive all mistakes as quickly as possible. Separation and divorce are not in the dictionary of love. God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). Love covers multitudes of sin. A dysfunctional husband and wife’s relationship will set a model for dysfunctional families in the homes of their children and grandchildren.
Children are to obey their parents in the Lord. This obedience is godly discipline bequeathed to children by their parents. Undisciplined children will become undisciplined adults with no respect for authority in society.
Maids or servants should avoid eye-service but discharge their duties with honesty, bearing in mind that promotion and prosperity come from God (Ps.75:6). Since we will all reap what we sow in life and will appear before the judgment seat of God (2 Cor. 5:10), let every family member act godly and responsibly. Ungodly families make up an immoral church and society.
PRAYER: O Lord Jesus, deliver me and my family from irresponsible and ungodly acts that have infested the Church and Society. Sanitize our homes and help us to be godly in all ramifications, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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