Last year at Synod there was a signiﬁcant discussion about Domestic Violence and the need to ensure that our church families are safe place for husbands and wives and children. I am currently involved in a committee formed as a result of this discussion which is seeking to make recommendations about how to respond to the problem of domestic violence within the church. God’s Word teaches us to use power to protect, nurture and care for others, especially those who are vulnerable. The Bible not only teaches how to respond to diﬃcult situations it also teaches how to work at prevention and build healthy family and community life which also embraces single people.
In Colossians 3:12-4:1 there is teaching about how husbands and wives and children should relate to one another. This teaching is prefaced by a discussion on virtues such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience as well forgiveness and the chief virtue being
love. Paul is talking about our church community life and then moves onto the speciﬁcs of how wives and husbands and children should relate to each other in the home. Paul recognises that these virtues don’t automatically grow. In 3:1 he reminds the Christians that they have been with raised with Christ, that is they have been saved. It is now their responsibility to put to death the old nature 3:5 and then to also clothe ourselves with Christ 3:12. These virtues of Christ grow as by faith we apply our salvation and
confess that we are dead to sin and alive to righteousness - Romans 6:11. Note also the importance of letting God’s Word dwell amongst us. To live this Christian life we need the support of our fellow believers and we need to constantly speak to each other the truth of God and encourage one another in this. May the Lord bless us so that we encourage one another to grow in Christ so that our churches and families are safe places.
God’s Blessing Rev David O’Mara