S: Ephesians 6:1-9
O: The interesting thing about this passage is that Paul speaks about 2 types of relationships (actually 4 if we include yesterday's reading of Ephesians 5 into the mix.) He speaks of the relationship between a husband and wife, the relationship between Christ and the church, the relationship between children and parents and the relationship between masters and slaves. All of the leaders in these relationships illustrate God's character traits. God's traits as a Husband, as a Parent and as a Master.
U: We are relational human beings and He is a relational God (the Trinity). His 2 greatest commandments is about our relationship with Him and people. God's perfect order of how healthy earthly relationships should look like is a picture of His relationship with us.
L: All of us fit into one, two or three of these relationship categories of a husband/wife, parent/child or supervisor/employee. Some of us may not have had an ideal upbringing or a good relationship with our parents; some of us may have a marriage full of conflict and major issues right now; we may also have a boss who is very difficult to work with. We may not know what healthy human relationships look like. However, we are His children, His bride/church and His slave. We serve a loving and merciful Lord who is forgiving and long-suffering/patient towards us. If we treated our earthly relationships as if we were submitting to Him instead of people ("serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord not people" v. 7) through mutual respect, obedience, submission, love and forgiveness, our earthly relationships would be much more enjoyable. God is the author of peace and order, not chaos and confusion.