DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: COLOSSIANS 3:18-24
THEME: THE GOD-KIND OF FAMILY
WORDS OF HOPE:
In Colossians 3, Paul is helping Christians understand what it looks like to live as those who are ‘in Christ’. Part of living in Him is learning how to live in the different institutions and relationships that He created in the way that He intends. The first relationship that Paul wants us to consider is the relationship between husbands and wives.
What is clear as we consider the roles of husbands and wives is that they were created by God to complement one another. When a husband is fulfilling his role and responsibilities in the way God intended, the call of the wife becomes more natural and easier to fulfill. The same is true in reverse. As wives fulfill their calling rightly, the calling of their husband is more natural and easier to fulfill. Paul encourages wives to be submissive to their husbands.
According to John Piper, submission is the divine calling of a wife to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts. Women are not called to live in submission to all men, they are called to submit to their own husbands. They are requested to do this as unto the Lord. Those who are ‘in the Lord’ would live in a way that is honoring ‘to the Lord’. The love that Paul is calling husbands to have for their wives is not based on passion or emotion. This love (agape) is self-giving, self-sacrificing love. The fullest explanation for how a husband is to love his wife is found in Ephesians 5:25-33. It is a love that mirrors and images the love of Christ for His Church. Husbands are to love their wives as they love themselves and to care for them as their own body. This love should motivate husbands to be patient and kind and to resist the sinful inclination to be harsh or bitter or unkind.
John Piper again says headship is the divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christ-like servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home. He further admonishes children to respect their parents and parents are supposed to live with their children in peace. Treat your house helps in such a way that will give glory to the Lord.
How is your marriage like? Take note of verse 23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
• Pray for peace in families.
• Pray for house helps who are suffering in the hands of their masters.
• Pray for the Spirit of love and submission in marriages.
I pray in the name of Jesus that love, submission and peace will be maintained in all marriages. Amen