Scripture Lesson of the day: Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Colossians 3:18-21; Deuteronomy 6:4-7, NLT
What are the responsibilities of husbands and wives to each other and parents and their children to each other?
The primary responsibilities in your family:
1. A husband, wife and their children’s responsibilities to each other is to…
- Love each other!
Key Understanding: Loving God and each other is to be the foundation of every Christian family!
“This is what God commands: that we believe in his Son, Jesus Christ, and that we love each other, just as he commanded” (1 John 3:23, NCV).
- Be mutually submissive to each other.
“And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (5:21a, NLT).
2. Wives and husbands responsibility to each other in the family is…
- A wife is to submit to/respect her husband!
“For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord… the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:21b, 33b, NLT).
- A husband is to love his wife!
“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her…So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself” (Ephesians 5:25, 33a, NLT).
3. A child’s responsibility in the family is to…
- Obey your parents!
“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do” (Ephesians 6:1, NLT).
“Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord” (Colossians 3:20, NLT).
- Honor your parents!
“‘Honor your father and mother.’ This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, ‘things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth’” (Ephesians 6:2-3, NLT).
“Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16, NLT).
In what ways can we show honor and respect for our parents as children and later as adults?
4. A parent’s responsibility in the family is to…
- Discipline your child!
“Mom and dad your children don’t need another buddy what they really need is for you to be their parent!” (Pastor Larry McNutt)
“Fathers, (Parents) do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4, NLT).
“For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way” (Hebrews 12:10-11, NLT).
- Teach/train your child!
“And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, NLT).
“Train children to live the right way, and when they are old, they will not stray from it” (Proverbs 22:6, NCV).
- Model Christian relationships!
“So every man must love his wife as he loves himself. Every wife must respect her husband’” (Ephesians 5:33, NLV).
“The best thing a man can do for his kids is to love his wife. And the best thing a woman can do for her children is love her husband” (Pastor Greg Laurie).
Closing Challenge: Are you living up to the responsibilities that you have as a parent? Are you living up to the responsibilities as a son or daughter? Live up to your responsibilities and enjoy God’s blessings on your family!
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