Ephesians 6.1

Sometimes we read single verses in Scripture and even detached from their immediate context they make so much sense. Things like Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:

“…whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…”. 

James is pretty clear when he talks about walking the walk if we talk the talk:

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” (1.26).

Sometimes single verses can be so powerful and (I think) Ephesians 6.1 is one of those:

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”


Even detached from the previous chapter’s teaching on Christian households (5.22-33), even detached from what will follow about intergenerational relationships (6.1-4) the Christian command to obey your parents in the Lord is so clear.

Tomorrow we will unpack the passage of 6.1-4 in more detail, but for today there is plenty to think about. As someone’s child, do we honour those who brought us into the world through obedience? As a parent, do we make it a joy for our children to obey what we say?

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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