Tuesday, September 10
Today's reading: Ephesians 6:1-9
Paul's final instruction about walking in love in Ephesians 5 is to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ (vs. 21). So it's no surprise that we continue to see that principle of submitting, obeying and yielding when Paul turns his instruction to specific relationships like husband/wife, parent/child or master/slave (employer/employee in modern times). While we may struggle with the idea and practice of submitting to one another, the fact of the matter is that in order for us to have healthy, functioning relationships, yielding and submitting have to be part of the mix.
(Note/disclaimer: I believe the instruction Paul gives here is to be applied to safe relationships only. Paul is NOT telling us to be doormats or spineless or that we should put ourselves in or acquiesce to a dangerous situation. What he writes is not meant for abusive or toxic relationship situations. Staying safe must always be a priority!)
What's one benefit you've experienced when you've chosen to yield and/or submit to a boss, a spouse or another person in a family relationship? How can your willingness to submit or yield to someone else provide a Godly example? How might it even open the door for you to be able to share the Gospel message of Christ? Tami
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