Re-cap of Chapter Five
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen.
In chapter five Paul is telling us,(the church,) how to live our lives as imitators of God. He understood, just as it is important that we understand, that it is not enough just to say you are a child of God, you have to show it. You show that by the way you live. He doesn’t want us to pull away from the rest of the world, to live by ourselves so that we won’t be tempted. Instead, he tells us to befriend non-believers and lead them. Remember, we are children of the light,(good,) and our job is to reflect that light to the world.
We must be careful that we live our lives wisely. We need to be aware of how we act, what we say, and the language we use. We must understand what God’s will is, and do not do anything that would lead us, or our friends to debauchery. Make music in your heart to the Lord. How can we do that? What part of our lives are a light to the world and a reflection of Christ, and what parts lead to darkness?
Husbands and wives. The family unit is very important to Christian lives. This is the building cell for our lives. Paul encourages marriage here,(as opposed to what he says in Corinthians, but that is another lesson.) The rerlationship needs to be based in love and devotion. Wives must submit to the leadership of a godly husband, if it is there. Again, Paul wants us to live in the world and be able to co-exist with all people. If society has rules that do not clash with God’s rules, we need to follow them. Husbands have more responsibility, because they are in charge of the growth and protection of the family unit. They should give all to their wife. When we base our relationships on this model, we will have an easier life, and that is what God wants for us anyway. Remember, everything we do should be out of LOVE.
Prayer- Dear Lord, Please help me live a life that is a reflection of you. Give me the strength and understanding to do these things we have studied and know we should do. Bless our family, bless our friends, and bless the church. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do- Read Chapter six, you will be glad you did.