Colossians 3:18-4:118 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
? – Wives do what? Submit
? – Husbands do what? Love your wife
*God gave 2 simple rules to follow in marriage. One rule is for the woman, and one rule is for the man. Like two sides to a coin, both people must play their roll correctly in order for things to work correctly.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
? – Children do what? Obey
? – Fathers do not do what? Embitter your children
*This is another two sided coin. Kids are commanded to obey their moms and dads, because it pleases God while fathers are commanded not to “provoke your children to anger” or they will give up.
*In both relationships – Wives/Husbands and Children/Fathers – everyone should be focused on pleasing God. Then the everyday decisions of how to act make more sense and come more easily.
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for
24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
? How should you work? Sincerely, even when not being watched, with all my heart, as if for God.
* This is a good personal policy to have about any work you do. If your mom asks to you to mow the lawn or do the dishes, do it eagerly and work hard. Don’t just work hard when she’s watching, but work hard even when she’s not watching you! Work as if God hired you to do the work, and your reward will come from him.
25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.
*Not much to explain here. Another version of the Bible says: If you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done, because God plays no favorites.
Chp 4:1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
*You should treat anyone working under you well. Maybe you have to do chores with a brother or sister. Don’t be a jerk and boss them around. Treat them nicely.
The bottom line in all of this is obedience to God’s Word and his plans and treating each other lovingly. Nowhere in any of this text did it say “And think of the effect this will have on you.” It didn’t say “Only obey if you want to or when you feel like it or when the weather is right.” This isn’t an emotional kissy, touchy, huggy, feely kind of passage. It’s saying treat each other well, work hard as if unto the Lord, and your reward will come from him.