Too Much for Sunday

The TEXT for this Sunday’s Bible Study class that Jerry and I are privileged to lead is Colossians 3:18 – 4:18; but the Lesson Text for discussion is 3:23-25; 4:2-13, 17 which leaves out 3:18-22 and I have a word on those verses too.

SO, y’all get to ‘listen’.  🙂

Colossians 3:(Holman Christian Standard Bible)
18 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands,  love your wives and don’t become bitter against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won’t become discouraged.
via Col. 3:18-4:18 – Passage Lookup – Holman Christian Standard Bible – BibleGateway.com.

Before we wade into the deep water of verse 18 let’s look at verses 23 and 24 as I think they bear on verses 18-21.

23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,  as something done for the Lord and not for men,
24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ.
via Col. 3:18-4:18 – Passage Lookup – Holman Christian Standard Bible – BibleGateway.com.

And here are my notes as they came today.

Oh my goodness! I just read    23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,  24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ. in context with 18 through 22!

Submission to our husbands is not about THEM, not even about US but about JESUS!

And, And! it says submit ENTHUSIASTICALLY!  Not begrudgingly, not with a sour attitude, but enthusiastically.

Is that a tall order or what? That is an impossible order in the flesh. But with GOD all things are possible and Dear Ones we are without excuse with those fitting in the LORD husbands.

Moving on now.

What would cause a husband to be embittered toward his wife? Obviously, it can happen in a Christian marriage or we would not have been instructed in this verse to NOT be.

And if a Christian husband can become embittered toward his wife, can a Christian wife become embittered toward her husband? Oh, I think I know the answer to that one. Don’t you?  And do we know how to prevent this embitterment from taking hold? And if it has already begun, do we know how to overcome it? Will we?

And, obviously children are expected to read the Bible! Did you see that in verse 20? Why else would verse 20 speak directly to children? So how much do your children read the Bible? How important is it to you that your children read the Scriptures? Is it important enough that you specifically pray for your children to read and know the Word? Even reward them for reading and memorizing Passages? If not, why not?

Fathers, do not exasperate your children. It will discourage them. So what does it take to exasperate your children? Have you done it? Have you repented? Have you asked them to forgive you? If not, why not?

Th verse addresses Fathers but I suspect from personal experience that Mothers exasperate children too. So, have you repented? Have you asked them to forgive you? No? Well, are you going to?

And now I have to ask myself — just because my Babies are married and out of the Nest, am I off the hook as to this portion of Colossians? No, I don’t think I am.  Do you?

And as to praying, I am continuing to pray for you all and for our Praying for These. At this writing I am praying for Larry, he went into surgery about 5:30 tonight (Wednesday) and we so want that to go well and for Claudia and the family to be comforted as they wait. And a new baby came last night and Momma has a few problems, so I am praying for her (Kathy) too. Emory, he gained a few ounces and I am rejoicing and asking for more weight gain for him and peace for his Mom and Dad. And I’m privy to conflicts, praying for holy resolutions – for hearts to soften and surrender to the LORDSHIP of JESUS. And I am thankful for all of you who faithfully come here to share a Word with me and to pray.

ABBA, thank You. Thank You for this ministry. You are so good to me.  Thank You for each prayer warrior that stands in the gap here. And thank You that You are tending all these cares and concerns we have. Thank You for knowing our hearts and, HOLY SPIRIT, thank You for voicing our petitions especially when we don’t know how. And thank You for standing guard over Your Word and sending it forth to carry out Your Will. Comfort with Peace the people of Israel and subdue all their enemies I pray. And, America, have mercy, ABBA. In JESUS Name have mercy and grant to us repentance, revival and renewal. Amen and amen.

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Until + + +
Kathie

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