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?
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