Colossians 3:18 – 4:6

Practical Exhortations
Colossians 3:18 – 4:6

Practical Exhortations for Our Natural Relationships (3:18 – 4:1)

We might wonder what the natural relationships are addressed here. One reason is that these are mentioned is that issues in our natural relationships can really upset our equilibrium, and get our mind off “things above”.

Wives and Husbands (3:18-19)

18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 

Children and Fathers (3:20-21)

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not vex your children, to the end that they be not disheartened. 

Servants and Masters (3:22 – 4:1)

22 Bondmen, obey in all things your masters according to flesh; not with eye-services, as men-pleasers, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatsoever ye do, labour at it heartily, as doing it to the Lord, and not to men; 24 knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance; ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 For he that does a wrong shall receive the wrong he has done, and there is no respect of persons. 
Masters, give to bondmen what is just and fair, knowing that “ye” also have a Master in the heavens. 

Practical Exhortations for our Prayer-lives (4:2-4)

2 Persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us also, that God may open to us a door of the word to speak the mystery of Christ, on account of which also I am bound, 4 to the end that I may make it manifest as I ought to speak. 

Practical Exhortations for our Public Testimony to this World (4:5-6)

5 Walk in wisdom towards those without, redeeming opportunities. 6 Let your word be always with grace, seasoned with salt, so as to know how ye ought to answer each one.