This is a brief version of a recent Bible Study I conducted at HOPE Church - Pearland recently. As a part of the Relational Wellness portion of our "Journey to Wellness", we looked at what I like to think of as a Christian Code of Conduct wherein Paul outlines several expectations regarding how we must manage our relationships with one another.
There's an important thought here. We often take verses out of context and fail to read passages "in order" the way the Holy Spirit inspired the writer to put them down on paper. Before we get into talking about husbands and wifes, children and parenting or household order, Paul reminds us of two things:
- We are all Believers called to a higher standard of understanding and living in Christ. Before that woman is my wife, she is my sister in Him. Before that man is her husband, he is her brother in the Lord. Therefore, before we talk about managing a household together, we need to have a great grasp on the Lord's expectations of our behavior towards each other as His children.
- These are not suggestions or merely good ideas. The preface "If indeed you have heard Him..." tells us these rules belong to us, those who call Christ our Lord. If we've heard Him, if we know Him, if we're going to walk in Truth, here's how we are to walk. There's no escape clause that allows us to "snap" just because we're tired and our husbands are "on our last nerve" or put her in "her place" verbally when we've had a long day!