Daily Reading: 8-1-16
Colossians 3:18-21 The Message (MSG)
Scripture seems to always reveal something about relationships. It is Christ who brings us wisdom and the measure of love we need to be victorious in all relationships. In our passage today, the Apostle Paul is addressing marriage and parenting in Christ.
Mutual submission is essential for a vibrant marriage. We must truly desire God’s highest and best for one another and be willing to work through all the challenges that come against that covenant of love. Marriages that have Christ at the center have the greatest opportunity for happiness and lasting joy.
Children require great love and discipline; they are a blessing from God. However, children need to be taught to love and respect the Lord’s authority over their lives. They learn by watching their parents. In so doing, they will learn to respect and value others as well as themselves.
18 Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master.
19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them.
20 Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.
21 Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.
Prayer: Father God, marriage was instituted by you and I want to keep Jesus at the center of my marriage all the time. Thank you for blessing us and keeping our hearts pliable and humble. In Jesus’ name. Amen.