Rules for Christian Households

Colossians 3

18 u Wives, submit to your husbands, as v is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and w do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents x in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Slaves, 1 obey x in everything those who are your earthly masters, 2 not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 y Whatever you do, work heartily, z as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord a you will receive the inheritance as your reward. b You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

Colossians 4

1 Masters, treat your slaves 3 justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

  1. Cross References
    Colossians 3:18 - 4:1
    Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
    Ephesians 5:22 - 6:9
    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
  2. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:4
    Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
    Philemon 1:8
    Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required.
  3. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:31
    Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
  4. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:24
    Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
    Titus 2:9
    Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative.
  5. Cross References
    Colossians 3:20
    Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
  6. Cross References
    Colossians 3:17
    And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  7. Cross References
    Philemon 1:16
    No longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother - especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
  8. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:8
    Knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 7:22
    For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ.
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