Chapter Three, Lesson Three
SERVING THE LORD Page
** Again, we can see that this type of sacrifical love is
to be expressed by all Christians. Do you recall what Paul said to the
Philippians about our sacrifice for others?
Philippians 2:3-4 - "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit,
but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more
important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal
interest, but also for the interests of others."
If that humble, sacrifical attitude is to be part of every Christian's
life, it first of all should be the description of the loving husband's
** What sin in the heart of the husband could get in the way of him loving
his wife in this Christlike manner?
2) The sin of bitterness. This imperative could be translated "stop
being bitter" or "do not have the habit of being bitter".
cf. Ephesians 4:31, Hebrews 12:15
Bitterness is completely self-serving! Simon Magus was driven by bitterness
to try and purchase the gift of God with money, so that he could turn
it into sordid gain. cf. Acts 8:18-19 and Peter's response in Acts 8:20-23
Even though the Church has failed the Lord and will continue to sin
against His expressed will, Jesus never becomes bitter against us. He
gave His life so that He might demonstrate His sacrificial love for
all eternity, which He has for His bride. That is precisely how a husband
is to love his wife!
V.20 ** As Paul continues his point of genuine Christianity beginning
at home, who does he address next?
** What are children to do - and how thoroughly are they to do it?
"...be obedient to your parents in all things..."
** There are two great reasons for children to obey their parents. One
is given here in our text and the other comes from Ephesians 6:1, what
1) "...for this is well-pleasing to the Lord."
2) "...for this is right."
As the principle of authority and submission continues to be played
out in a loving environment, in the home, the Lord is very pleased because
He has said that it is right!
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