Summary: Message 23 in our study of Colossians exploring the role and responsibility of wives.
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“The Role & Responsibility of the Wife”
The condition of our relationships with others reveals a great deal concerning the level of spiritual maturity and relationship with God.
Scripture invites us to check the people gage quite often.
All sin has its roots in violated relationship.
Sin against God.
Sin against others.
The fulfillment of the law is to love God and love others
Most sin relates to a failure to love God and others. Rebellion
Failure to love.
The repercussions of sin against God appeared in relationships from the very start.
Adam and Eve with God.
Adam and Eve with each other.
Cain with Abel.
Cain with God.
Most of the time when a list of sins to avoid appear in the Bible it all relates to how we violate relationships.
The Elders & Deacons qualifications listed in Scripture are filled with relational issues.
You can read your Bible and pray everyday.
You can be in church several times a week.
You can hold office and manage the myriad of ministries.
You can teach how to live more effectively in this world.
You can be the most generous person and give all your things away.
But if you don’t love people as modeled by Christ and the instructed in Scriptures, it all counts for nothing.
If you can’t get along with people and your relationships are continually disintegrating,
Something is desperately wrong.
The reason for conflict in families and all relationships can be traced to un-addressed selfishness; a focus on my needs and wants rather than on God and others.
The letters of Paul are filled with commendation for the church’s faith in Christ and love for one another.
A good portion of the admonitions relate to getting along with one another.
Paul focuses here in our current section of Colossians on the most central of relationships.
• Wives to husbands.
• Husbands to wives.
• Children to parents.
• Parents to children.
• Servants to masters.
• Masters to servants.
If you want to know if you are growing spiritually...
If you want to know if you are walking by the direction and energy of the Spirit...
Then honestly examine your key relationships!
With courage, allow the Holy Spirit to hold what you call love in your life up to the measuring standard of Christ’s love.
It is not what we think we should be doing and how we think our families should be structured but how God be designed the family to function that is important.
The family is the central relationship hub. As goes the family so goes the society.
Paul provides clues as to the role and responsibility of each of the family members.
Last week we examined the role of the husband and the privilege and responsibility to lead love live and laud their wives.
A wonderful privilege to be God’s instrument in the most powerful weapon in our world – the family.
Role and Response of the Husband
Role -- Loving Leadership of the Family
Response to the wife
1. Love Sacrificially
As Christ loves the church
As one loves their own selves and Christ loves the body.
2. Live wisely
3. Laud continually
Role and Responsibility of the Wife
Role of the Wife -- Willing Support of the Leader
Genesis 1 The Original Plan
Genesis 2:18-25 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. And the man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place. And the LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. And the man said,
"This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."
For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
God created the woman to complete His image in man.