Topic: God And The Family [Sunday December 24, 2017]
Text: Ephesians 6:1-9
Key Verse: “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free” (Ephesians 6:8).
If society rests on the family, it follows without any shred of dissent that it is the aggregate of all those who make up the family. So society is the coming together of family units. Turn in God-fearing families in the society and you will have a godly nation, a god-loving community and god-honouring neighbourhood.
The incontrovertible conclusion therefore, is that to address the moral laxity in any society, man must set the rules of the game according to the terms and conditions of God who created the family. God presents these valuable guidelines through Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesian brethren. Children must obey and honour their parents.
There are two reasons: it is the right thing to do and also the first commandment that came with a promise that it would be well with such obedient children and that they would live long. Fathers and mothers are also solemnly enjoined not to provoke their children to anger. Rather, these young ones must be trained and counseled in the way of the Lord for the fulfillment of God’s word in Isaiah 54:13: “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” Masters and servants are also captured in the picture of the blessed home under God’s watch. Both are to show reciprocal respect in the way they relate to each other.
The master, realizing he has a Master in heaven, must not threaten while the servant must offer service “as unto Christ”, with whom there is no “respect of persons”. The present world is bereft of these virtues and values because it has failed to bow to the laws of God which are grounded on the salvation brought by Jesus Christ. It is only when man, beginning with the constituents of the family, returns to His laws that we can enjoy peace in the society.
Thought for the day: Troubled man needs the comfort of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.