Summary: Following the Lord’s commandment to love one another should begin at home.
Relationships With Relation
Add new beatitude to Matthew 5
“Blessed is the family who does not have a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Briefly recount the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Cereal – Minimum Daily Requirements changed to RDA – recommended daily allowances
Our relationships at home should, at a minimum, be as good as relationship outside the home.
Jesus said about relationships:
Paul in Ephesians 5:21 wrote of submitting to one another. The biblical directive is that we love each other sincerely and in earnest – including those at home.
So, why is different at home?
Why do we, many times, treat our work associates, schoolmates, club members and church brothers and sisters better than we do our own families?
Many relationships have a common direction, charter, or goal with direct authority to guide them.
· At work we are made to work together for the goal of producing and making money.
· At school we are made to get along and study to make an acceptable grade.
· At club we are tied together by a common interest – history, community betterment, quilting, guns, gardening, sports – we could go on and on.
· At church we worship and serve the same Lord.
What is the charter or goal at home?
Let’s look at the origin of the home.
Boy sees girl – attraction – gotta have her, can’t live without her.
Goal – To bag the prize and get married.
Girl sees boy. There is a 1 in 100 chance that her eyes pop out and she says, “He is mine.” She bags her prize and gets married.
Men – 99 times out of 100 the girl turns up her nose at the male and says, “Ewww.”
Whatever case, though, what is the goal after the wedding?
Society says we should have 2 children – enough to be blessed, but not too many to overpopulate the planet earth.
After that, now what?
Honey, what do we want to work towards now?
I dunno what do you think?
I know, let’s build a house!
Do you get the picture? We get along with persons outside the home:
1. Because we have to.
2. Because of a common goal.
Paul, in Ephesians, is giving us rules of behavior in the home as a jumpstart to getting our relationships to relation back on track.
Paul also gave us the authority, or the supervision that we are under in verse 21, “in the fear of God.”
Wives, you are being bombarded by the world today.
Economics – More wives are working outside the home today than ever before.
Social – You are being given the worldview on how to become equal with your husband. To the man whose chest has dropped to his stomach and has really bad breath when he wakes up. Then you come to church and get hammered by the one-sided sermon the you should submit – TO HIM?
Husbands, you are also being bombarded. Be a man’s man!
Do not let your wife henpeck you!
It is YOUR career, and you have to climb to the top to provide for the family.
Defend your position, dig in deep, against those women-libbers.
You come to church and hear the same message as your wife. She is supposed to submit to YOU.
This gives you the gift of prophecy.