Children are to obey their parents in the Lord, as His representatives. Children should honor their parents; love them and respect them. Honoring your parents comes with a promise: to live a long life in the land that the Lord has given you.
Fathers, do not irritate or provoke your children to anger, this is done in evilness. Provoking someone to sin is evil and we shouldn’t do that, especially our children. We should be teaching our children love, because God is love. We are made in His image, He doesn’t provoke us to anger so we shouldn’t do that to our children or others either. Like us from our Heavenly Father, children need tenderness in training and discipline and love.
Servants be obedient to your master; employees be respectful to your boss. When God has blessed you with a job you need to work your hardest to honor God and respect your boss to show respect to God. Put your whole heart into whatever it is you are doing, don’t just do it for attention or gratitude. Even when you aren’t being noticed, do your best. God sees all and He will notice and that’s all that matters.
Our service is always to the Lord, not to men. Whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from God.
On the contrary, masters and bosses should be respectful to the hands and the help that they have. We should all treat each other with love and respect because it shows honor to the Lord.
Be strong in the Lord, be empowered through your union through Him. Draw your strength from Him. Put on Gods whole armor so that you may withstand the attacks of the devil. We do not wrestle with flesh but with spiritual darkness of the enemy.
Put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, your feet in the gospel of peace, pick up your shield of faith in which you will deflect all of the fiery darts from the wicked one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
Next week we will do an in depth study on the armor of God and that will conclude our studies in Ephesians, for now.