Ephesians 6:4 – Verse of the Day 2/27/14

Ephesians 6:4 Verse of the Day

Household codes were a common feature of Greek culture, and Paul’s instructions in Ephesians follow the pattern of the genre by including three sets of people: husbands and wives, parents and children, and masters and slaves.  However, whereas Greek household codes focused on how heads of households could rule each group, Paul’s instructions encourage them to love those under their care with the love of Christ. Here the responsibility to love shows up as an instruction to teach and lovingly discipline children rather than harshly provoking them to anger.

Although many human laws and customs contain elements of truth, the Gospel of reconciliation sheds light on how we are truly to live as Christians as we love one another. As you pray, ask the Lord to give you the wisdom to see how our own culture’s customs and norms fall short of God’s desires, and pray about how you can better love the people whom God has placed in your life, regardless of the nature of the relationship.

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Andrew Gendron
Andrew Gendron

My daughters know that Leviticus 19:28 is my candidate for best practical implementation of Ephesians 6:8: "do not tattoo yourselves. I am the LORD."

Chiurey Muthui
Chiurey Muthui

twaringagwo kinya kuruga shafaci ati ti wira wa imwana-kwanja urokorwo riko uge niki ureka

Amy Ford
Amy Ford

This needs to go up on the refrigerator

Beth Bennett
Beth Bennett

I remember quoting this to my dad once at a "family meeting".

Donna Smith
Donna Smith

Lol! We used to quote this scripture to my dad all the time when we were growing up!