“Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.” Colossians 3:20
This verse is in the midst of a passage on how we are to treat each other. Colossians 3:18-25
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
It pleases the Lord when we treat each other well. It might be viewed in this passage that Paul is specifically telling husbands/fathers, wives, and children how to treat each other in totality. I believe he is highlighting the area that had been a source of conflict for the church he was writing too.
Could these be considered equally hard?
- Wives submit to husbands
- Husbands love wives, don’t be harsh
- Children obey parents
- Fathers don’t embitter (or exasperate) children
Paul goes on to address slaves or indentured servants. Although the section is a bit longer, that might just indicate the conflict was louder. Ultimately God delights in how we treat each other because when we serve each other we serve him.
“It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”
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