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Ephesians Devotional—Week Six, Day One (1/4/10)

Ephesians 6:1-4

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. {2} “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— {3} “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” {4} Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

A string of participles (verbal adjectives) stem from the command in Ephesians 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit.” The meaning is that being filled with the Spirit includes these subsequent actions:

“Being filled with the Spirit … speaking to one another.” “Being filled with the Spirit … giving thanks always for all things.” “Being filled with the Spirit … submitting to one another in the fear of God.

So in which relationships is submission a part of the Spirit-filled life? The answer: wives to husbands, husbands to wives, children to parents, fathers to children, servants to masters, and masters to servants.

In today’s passage, the Spirit-filled child will obey and honor his/her parents. The Spirit-filled father will not exasperate his children, but will bring them up in the ways of the Lord.

Our relationships make up our primary world. If they operate as God intended … by His Spirit … our lives are saturated with the wonderful fruits of love, joy, and peace.

  1. How does being filled with the Holy Spirit affect the way you relate to your spouse (if married)? Or the way you relate with your friends?
  2. Consider your relationship with your parents. Measure your interaction with them with the measurements of verses one and two. As an adult, can you think of any boundaries for your obedience to them? What does it mean to “honor” them?
  3. In what ways can a father exasperate or provoke his children to anger? (You will want to be sure to forgive your own father for any offenses toward you.) What must a father do to avoid this problem, according to the text?
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