18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. 4 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
God wants us to treat each other well in every situation – at work, at home, with our friends. He wants us to remember that He is there to guide our actions and our attitudes. He wants us to have His attitude to those we interact with.
God’s attitude to us is one of love and grace and peace. What a beautiful picture for us to take to heart. How would our relationships be if we took God’s ideas to heart? He is our Lord. Let’s ask Him to highlight some places in our world where we could bring more love and grace than we currently do.
Thanks Lord that You love us so thoroughly that you want to fill our lives with grace and peace. Help us to pass that on to those You bring into our lives.
Written by Therese Manning