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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

SERVING THE LORD           Page 5

V.21 ** What are godly fathers to avoid in the raising of their children?

Exasperating them, or provoking them to anger.
Note: Fathers (pateres) can be translated parents, as in Hebrews 11:23. Both parents must avoid this sin, which is usually caused by impatience.

** What negative impact on the heart of a child can be avoided if godly parents do not exasperate their children?

"...that they may not lose heart."

V.22 ** Still in the household, to whom does Paul now direct his instruction?

Christian slaves!

** What does he want them to do?

"...in all things obey those who are your masters on earth..." lit. "according to the flesh"

** How do we know that Paul is building a case for the integrity of the Christian life being lived out first inside the home?

He is calling for obedience "with sincerity of heart". The Lord is appalled at all superficial displays of obedience. That which is "with external service, as those who merely please men."
cf. Matthew 23:27

** Did you notice at the end of verse 22, what drives us toward spiritual integrity?

"...fearing the Lord." A reverence for Jesus Christ who gave His life for us!
cf. Philippians 2:12-13

V.23 ** While continuing to instruct slaves, Paul's next words should certainly be applied by us today in our life outside the home. How limited is the scope of Paul's next command?

It is not! "Whatever you do..."

** How should we do all that we do?

"...do your work heartily..." lit. "from the soul"
My mom told me repeatedly as I was growing up, "If a job is worth doing, its worth doing well".

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