Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Instructions for Christian Households
18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Wives… | Becky Newman
My Bible notes connect the rest of Chapter 3 to these commands well. On the topic of wives submitting to their husbands: “The concept suggests mutual submission and intimacy, promoting a union ordained by God with love as the binding agent. Love characterizes the servant leadership of the husband and awakens the submissive cooperation of the wife. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can a woman truly relinquish her desires and line up under her husband’s leadership.” Again, love is the key and binds it all together in perfect unity (vs. 3:14).
I picked the command that was addressed to me in today’s reading. Because of sin in our world, it’s a command that gets a lot of grief. But it’s not Your intent that this command be an open door for abuse and control. That’s how our sin distorts it, and Satan will take every opportunity we give him to distort and misconstrue Your Word. The two things I must have to follow this command — mutual love and the Holy Spirit. Mutual love is what gives me trust in my husband to lead, and the Holy Spirit is who grows that love and gives me the strength to give control to my husband. Mutual love needs work and commitment — daily prayer for my husband, choosing time with him over items on my to-do list, making sure I’m not making him feel like an item on my to-do list, date nights. The Holy Spirit needs my daily commitment to let Him work in me — prayer and meditation time, devotion time in Your Word, re-centering and re-focusing throughout the day by being attentive to Your presence.
Lord, help me to obey Your command to submit to my husband. Protect our marriage, Lord, and bind it together in unity with love. May Your Holy Spirit work on both of us to grow us in love and give us strength in the roles You have assigned to us in marriage. Strengthen my husband as Your servant-leader, and strengthen me as his help-mate. Help us to stay committed to working on our mutual love and growing in our relationship with You.
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