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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1Children, what you should do in union with the Lord is obey your parents, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother” — this is the first commandment that embodies a promise — 3“so that it may go well with you, and you may live long in the Land.”
4Fathers, don’t irritate your children and make them resentful; instead, raise them with the Lord’s kind of discipline and guidance.
5Slaves, obey your human masters with the same fear, trembling and single-heartedness with which you obey the Messiah. 6Don’t obey just to win their favor, serving only when they are watching you; but serve as slaves of the Messiah, doing what God wants with all your heart. 7Work willingly as slaves, as people do who are serving not merely human beings but the Lord. 8Remember that whoever does good work, whether he be a slave or a free man, will be rewarded by the Lord.
9And masters, treat your slaves the same way. Don’t threaten them. Remember that in heaven both you and they have the same Master, and he has no favorites.
How then shall we live? We have received tremendous blessing, benefits, abilities and guidance. What do they all require of us? When one receives a gift one doesn’t set it aside and forget it; one says thank you and uses it. And so it is with what God gives his children. There are responsibilities that follow receiving the gift of salvation and all it grants the believer.
What is the best use of what is given? It is outlined a bit here. While details are given and much is explained it all comes down to how the fellowship of believers treat one another, in all relationships. No matter the position held, all answer to the Creator. When standing before him what account will be given? How we measure up to one another is not the ruler of measure. How we measure up to God’s Word, written and living will be the ruler. Do we know what is required of us?
Pray – I pray for the awareness and ability to treat those around me with love. Keep me from fault-finding, defensiveness and complaining. Rather, I would encourage, care, love and speak with thanksgiving and joy.
Repent – I repent for those times I used others as a measure rather than the standard you have given.
Ask – I trust Your words, O God; Your promises are faithful. I ask You, Lord, to open my eyes to what you want; open my ears to hear Your instruction; open my mind to receive understanding.
Yes – Your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors.