Relational Dynamics: Children and Parents; Employees and Employers (Ephesians 6)

Heart of a Shepherd

Jun 02, 2023



ديناميات العلاقات: الأطفال والآباء. الموظفون وأصحاب العمل (أفسس 6)


Mienendo ya Uhusiano: Watoto na Wazazi; Wafanyakazi na Waajiri (Waefeso 6)


Relational Dynamics: Mga Anak at Magulang; Mga Empleyado at Empleyado (Efeso 6)


Δυναμική Σχέσεων: Παιδιά και Γονείς. Εργαζόμενοι και Εργοδότες (Εφεσίους 6)


Dinamiche relazionali: bambini e genitori; Dipendenti e datori di lavoro (Efesini 6)


Dinâmica Relacional: Filhos e Pais; Empregados e Empregadores (Efésios 6)


Dinamik Perhubungan: Kanak-kanak dan Ibu Bapa; Pekerja dan Majikan (Efesus 6)


Relationel dynamik: Børn og forældre; Ansatte og arbejdsgivere (Efeserne 6)


Relationsdynamik: barn och föräldrar; Anställda och arbetsgivare (Efesierbrevet 6)


דינמיקה יחסית: ילדים והורים; עובדים ומעסיקים (אפסים 6)

Haitian Creole

Dinamik Relasyonèl: Timoun ak Paran; Anplwaye ak Anplwayè (Efezyen 6)


Dinamica relațională: Copii și părinți; Angajații și angajatorii (Efeseni 6)


رشتہ دار حرکیات: بچے اور والدین؛ ملازمین اور آجر (افسیوں 6)


Động lực quan hệ: Trẻ em và Cha mẹ; Người làm công và người chủ (Ê-phê-sô 6)


پویایی رابطه: فرزندان و والدین. کارمندان و کارفرمایان (افسسیان 6)


Динаміка відносин: діти та батьки; Працівники та роботодавці (Ефесянам 6)


Dinamika odnosa: djeca i roditelji; Zaposlenici i poslodavci (Efežanima 6)


Relationele dynamiek: kinderen en ouders; Werknemers en werkgevers (Efeziërs 6)


พลวัตเชิงสัมพันธ์: เด็กและผู้ปกครอง; พนักงานและนายจ้าง (เอเฟซัส 6)

Chinese (Simplified)

关系动力学:儿童和父母;雇员和雇主(以弗所书 6)

French (Canada)

dynamique relationnelle : enfants et parents ; Employés et employeurs (Éphésiens 6)


dynamique relationnelle : enfants et parents ; Employés et employeurs (Éphésiens 6)


Реляционная динамика: дети и родители; Работники и работодатели (Ефесянам 6)


Dinámica Relacional: Hijos y Padres; Empleados y patrones (Efesios 6)


관계 역학: 자녀와 부모; 고용인과 고용주(에베소서 6장)

Chinese (Traditional)

關係動力學:兒童和父母;僱員和雇主(以弗所書 6)


リレーショナル ダイナミクス: 子と親。従業員と雇用者 (エペソ人への手紙 6 章)


Beziehungsdynamik: Kinder und Eltern; Arbeitnehmer und Arbeitgeber (Epheser 6)


संबंधपरक गतिशीलता: बच्चे और माता-पिता; कर्मचारी और नियोक्ता (इफिसियों 6)

Relational Dynamics: Children and Parents; Employees and Employers (Ephesians 6) 

Scripture reading - Ephesians 6; Philippians 1

Today’s Scripture reading concludes Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, and introduces his letter to the believers of Philippi. This is the first of two devotions, and is taken from Ephesians 6.


Ephesians 5 challenged believers to live and walk in a manner that was worthy of the Lord (Ephesians 5:1-5). Paul urged the saints to manifest a spirit of humility and submission, “in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21), and remember marriage between a husband and wife is a portrait of Christ’s love for His church (Ephesians 5:22-33). The apostle commanded: “Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord…[and] 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:22, 25).  

Ephesians 6  

Having addressed the institution and sanctity of marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33), Paul’s focus turned to the believer’s family and household. Ephesians 6 presented a portrait of the spiritual dynamics between children and their parents (Ephesians 6:1-4), and servants and their masters (Ephesians 6:5-9).

The Believer’s Family (Ephesians 6:1-4)  

Though the majority of Galatian believers were of Greco-Roman ancestry, they were not exempt from the implications and applications of the Commandments of the Lord (Exodus 20). Knowing the 5th commandment, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12), Paul wrote to the sons and daughters of Galatia:

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise” (Ephesians 6:1-2). And what was the promise to those who obeyed and honored their parents? “That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:3).


If you ponder why our society and 21st century world is troubled, you need look no further than the tragic consequences of violating the 5th commandment. It is not well with our families, communities, societies and nation. Disrespect and rebellion in the home has spilled over into our schools and communities, and is a cancer that is destroying our nation and world.

Of course, parents, particularly fathers, must bear the weight and responsibility for the failure of the family. Paul urged fathers, “provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). “Provoke not,” carried the inference of actions and attitudes that were unreasonable and incited resentment in the heart of a child. Provocations might arise from being overly protective, unreasonable in expectations, failing to affirm, or abuse (verbal or physical). Paul exhorted fathers to nurture and admonish their children (Ephesians 6:4b). Nurturing a child requires instruction and correction, while admonishing obliges warning, rebuking, and discipline (Proverbs 29:15, 17). How different our homes and churches would be if children honored and obeyed their parents, and fathers and mothers nurtured and admonished their children in the Lord!

The Household: Servants and their Masters (Ephesians 6:5-9)

The New Testament has a lot to say regarding the dynamics between the servant (slave) and his master. Servitude and oppression have been a perpetual human dynamic since the fall of man. Rather than address the question of the morality of slavery, Paul focused upon the responsibility of the servant to his master, and the relationship of the master to his servant. Because Roman culture allowed slaves to enjoy some liberties, including religion, the Galatian church would have had a membership of slaves and masters. Of course, the application to our culture is the dynamic of the employee and his employer.

The Attitude and Testimony of a Servant


Servants were commanded to be “obedient,” and to respect and serve their masters with a heart that was single in motive: “as unto Christ… as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (6:5-6). Whether a slave or a free man, a believer was to do his work, no matter how menial the task, knowing the Lord was the rewarder (Ephesians 6:7-8). Finally, the duty of masters, as it is with employers, was to neither threaten or abuse their servants. Instead, the master was to treat his servants fairly, according to the Law, knowing God is the rewarder, and an impartial judge (Ephesians 6:9).

Closing thoughts – So much more might be gleaned from this chapter, but I will leave that for a later time. For now, I encourage you to examine your relationships, and whether or not you are honoring to the Lord. Whether a child or parent, an employee or an employer, you should guard your heart and live your life above reproach.


Remember: What you sow you will reap, and God is a righteous judge.


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