How do we keep up with the fast pace of life without wearing out? Most of us are very busy. We run from home to work, zip through our emails, return calls, keep up with projects and go back home again to spend time with family, or go to a school event. We are in a rush to get it all done in time and face multiple deadlines.
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18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.
In verses 18 and 19 are instructions that are also found in Ephesians, chapter 5. Many would like to stop at verse 18. Some, for their own gain and some, because they look for a reason to be offended by God’s Word. But, one cannot read this verse without going on to the next. Paul commands wives to submit and commands husbands to love and treat his spouse fairly.
The idea of a wife submitting to her husband is not a popular notion. The Jewish culture at the time would have been used to the concept, but not the Gentiles. Some women then, as now, take the lead in their households either because there is no man present, or because the man is too weak and there is a lack of leadership.
Submission, love and fair treatment are an inseparable trio in healthy families. When the husband is weak, the wife becomes resentful and the husband is angry because he feels he is being bullied by the wife. It is a hard cycle to break because each gets used to his or her role in the family. They want to change, but their roles have become habitual and comfortable. Nevertheless, change must come if you want your family to be healthy, whole and to stay together.
Yesterday, we opened with How He Loves Us
Here are my notes on this week’s scripture section.
1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
-In former verses, the Apostle Paul has given plenty of reasons why we should follow Christ, rather than false teachers and our own ideas. He reminds us that It is time to stop thinking of heaven of just some faraway place that we hope to see when we die. We should focus on heaven here and now. Heaven is a place of worship and holiness. We can be instruments of worship and live holy lives. We can dwell in the presence of the Almighty as He lives within our hearts. If we realize the reality that Christ is here, we will live our lives in greater purity and passion.
We are in Colossians 2:4-15 this week. Our group sang “Holiness” again. The YouTube link to that song is in last weeks study post.
Our book to kick off discussions is:
The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Colossians
Become the Whole Person God Intends You to Be – Warren W. Wiersbe
A little about why I structure my home studies the way I do.
Three words stood out to me as I read our scriptures for study 2, “Rescue, Redemption, and Revelation.” We need all three, just like Colossians did. They didn’t think they needed the first two and looked for the third in the wrong places.