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Living for Christ in Your Closest Relationships

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This Sunday, in Colossians 3:18-4:1, we come to a passage that continues to answer the question: “How do I walk in Christ throughout my daily life?” It’s a section of scripture that Martin Luther called “household tables,” which are commands related to how a household should function. Three sets of the typical 1st century household are addressed: wives and husbands, children and fathers, and bondservants and masters. Immediately our 21st century minds will find it hard to get past why slavery was allowed back then, or why wives are commanded to “submit” to their husbands. 

Despite these interpretive challenges, which we will address on Sunday, the heart of the passage reveals the beautiful heart of Jesus. As our Lord and Master, He is good, kind, fair, and just. That means we can trust (and follow) his blueprint for marriage. Or parenting. Or Work. No matter our station in life, and no matter the difficult trials or relational challenges we face, we must be reminded that we are serving the Lord Jesus (Col. 3:24). He sees us. He knows our circumstances. He understands. And He is at work in our closest relationships. Do you believe this? 

I encourage you to read Colossians 3:18-4:1 today. While doing so, think about all the ways you see the character of Christ coming through these commands. I’ll see you on Sunday.

For His Sake,

Pastor Eric

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