Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Essentials in a Christian Home

Rev Victor Vethamani's sermon today was taken from Colossians.

Colossians 3:18-4:1
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.

Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.

Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.

Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.

Now that I am looking at the verses, I find it interesting that a longer instructions was given to the slaves, and I believe it would be also relevant to us as workers in our time. It may be more extensive compared to the others because there isn't much of a 'relationship' between slaves and masters compared to wife and husband, father and children, children and parents. This is a good reminder to us because it is rare to find workers that are conscientious in their work and sincere to their employers.

I have also noticed that there are no instructions for mothers, but to fathers. Are fathers the only ones who tend to aggravate and exasperate their kids? What about mothers? What would be the best advice you would give us?


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