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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

SERVING THE LORD           Page 4
V.19 (cont'd.)

** 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 character.

** 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?

The children!

** 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 are they?

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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