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Being Respectful      Eph. 6:1-9      Nov. 21, 2010

Introduction

A family with love displayed to every individual demonstrates respect for everyone. I think the Father needs to start the expressions of love. His love expressed to his wife and children will permeate the entire home. People will notice the obedience of their children because love causes kindness to be and people Being Respectful.


1.   Respect for Parents. 6:1-3

A.   Respect for Parents Includes . . Obedience. 6:1

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right.


B.   Respect for Parents Includes . . Orderliness. 6:2-3

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 have a long life in the land.


For children it is right to be obedient. What causes an obedient child? Take notice of children who know they are loved and watch their obedience. The command trickles down from the father to the mother to the children. The command with a specific promise is the command concerning father and mother. A home with obedience will be an orderly home and God promises long life. Take a look at the number of “Rock Musicians,” who died young or younger than most. I am not surprise because this evidence confirms what the Bible teaches.



2.   Respect for . . Children. 6:4

A.   Respect for Children Includes Proper . . Treatment. 6:4a

4 And fathers, don't stir up anger in your children, . . .”



B.   Respect for Children Includes Proper . . Training. 6:4b

A. . . but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.@


 The words translated, “don’t stir up anger” in HCSB, or, “provoke not your children to wrath” in the KJV come from one GREEK word. This GREEK word comes from two GREEK words placed together, “meaning along side of,” and “anger.” So parents are not to set their children aside while they express their anger. One time my daughter was in front of the family trying to open our front door, I was angry about something and picked her up and set her aside yanked the keys from her and opened the door. I set her aside because of my anger and need to get in the house. Later that night I went to her room and told her my actions were wrong and I wanted her to forgive me. My conduct taught us both something about fathers treatment and training of children.

 


3.   Respect for . . Employers. 6:5-8

A.   Respect for Employers Includes . . Sincerity. 6:5

5 Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ.


B.   Respect for Employers Includes . . Service. 6:6-7

                      6 Don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God's will from your heart. 7 Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men,


C.   Respect for Employers Includes . . Satisfaction. 6:8

8 knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.


I interviewed for a job one time and thought the man talking to me was the personnel manager when he was the owner of the company. I wanted a job that allowed me to work around my school schedule and sincerely told the man He would get 4, 5, or 6 hours of work for every hour they paid me. It impressed the man, but I was surprised after being employed to find out he owned the company. He paid attention to my work ethics and knew he got the service he paid for. Both he and I were satisfied as long as I worked there.



4.   Respect for . . Workers. 6:9

A.   Respect for Workers Excludes . . Peril. 6:9a

9 And masters, treat them the same way, without threatening them,. . .”


B.   Respect for Workers Excludes . . Partiality. 6:9b

A. . . because you know that both their and your Master is in heaven, and there is no

favoritism with Him.” HCSB

 

I know a Christian employer who created an atmosphere of calm around the work force. When

he walked into his shop the employees did not fear his presence but respected it. He regularly purchased gift certificates for all the workers at a nice restaurant. None of his workers were slighted. Obviously some were more valuable to him than others but even new and young employees knew he cared for them personally.

His conduct usually caused all the workers to sense the atmosphere of respect and Being Respectful. Amen? Amen!