Colossians – Bottom line to live Christ
Some relationships are easy and give life to our hearts and souls. Some relationships drain our lives. Some give us peace and encouragement. Some devalue us as people. Whether it be moms and dads and kids, grandparents and grandkids, wives and husbands, coworkers and bosses, church and pastors, or just friend to friend, we need help relating to each other.
Paul give us the bottom line for relationships. He uses verbs, words of action, like understand, support, submit, respect, gentleness, working to please the Master, Jesus in all you are and do. The bottom line: Love and relate as if you are loving and relating to Jesus, the Master–God in heaven.
Colossians 3-4, The Message
18 Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master.
19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them.
20 Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.
21 Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.
22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.
4 And masters, treat your servants considerately. Be fair with them. Don’t forget for a minute that you, too, serve a Master—God in heaven.
What do we learn?
–The way we treat others is the exact way we are treating Jesus, the Master, whom we say we love with all our heart, mind and soul.
Dear Heavenly Father, Forgive us for when we are frustrated and challenged in relating to those who are mean to us. Help us to be more understanding and see them through your eyes. Forgive us for being challenging to someone else. Cleanse me. Wash me white as snow. Help me to avoid the temptation to fight back. Help me to do the work before me with enthusiasm as if working directly for You…for I am. Guide us. Bring peace in the middle of stormy relationships. Restore those relationships that are broken in our lives. Thank you for the relationship we have with You. And may all be done in Jesus Name, Amen