For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Wives, submit 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 provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
“How then, shall we live?” continues. There is an underlying principle at work here. The principle of doing everything in love as unto the Lord. We obey, serve, cherish, love, and work as if the Lord himself asked us to. If we would do it willingly and heartily, with all our heart, for our attitudes would then be driven by our love for our God and our fellowmen and women. All this present day bickering, arguing, and fighting; all this negativity would cease. We would be amazed both at how much we could accomplish and at how the quality of our life would improve.
Let us be self-less not selfish; loving not performing; caring not despising. Let the changes begin in us as we deal with one another lovingly. This is not a call to give in to that which is not of God but a call to live in peace, as much as lies within us, with our brothers and sisters. May others see our peace with one another and desire it. In so doing we will be spreading the ways of the kingdom of God, for there will be no room for our selfish desires there.
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