Monday, October 2, 2006

15th Devotion on Marriage

Colossians is a small book and easy to overlook. But please don't. Paul wrote this letter while a Roman prisoner. The dating AD 60-61. Just thirty-two years after Christ's death & resurrection, the gospel had reached the whole Roman World! Strange pagan theories were creeping into the church at Colossae.. ...sound familiar! Christ's authority was being compromised. The place that Christ holds in any religious teaching determines whether it is true or false. Paul wrote to correct these errors and then followed with instructions on Christian living. In Chapter 3 Paul points us to being more and more Christlike, in our inner life and in our personal relationships. Read the whole chapter for a check-up on your condition!

"And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus......" vs.17 I can't be grumbling and griping! I have to do the best I know how in everything. Gee, maybe even be the best wife, mother, housekeeper, cook, waitress, driver, nurse, secretary, lover, friend that I can be shock . So if I'm scrubbing the toilet, I ought to try to make it shine! Laundry should be clean, neat and wrinkle free! Gosh.....I'm not doing it all for hubby.....I am doing it all for God! Whatever it is. If I am His, I am doing it for Him! As His representative! As His living, talking, walking Word!

That puts the verses below that echo the refrain from Ephesians in a new light! Even "daily work" done for God has eternal value. Our first responsibility is to please God, and a good place to start is always obeying His word. Jesus said "If you love me you will obey me."

Read the Chapter, pray and then read & mediate on vs. 18 & 19."You wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, for that is what the Lord has planned for you. And you husbands must be loving and kind to your wives and not bitter against them, nor harsh."

Now go have a Good Day in the Lord! biggrin

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