In Colossians 3:18-4:1 the Apostle Paul made his teaching very practical. He applied the
Christian faith to the most personal of relationships. In Paul´s day, relationships were often
one-sided, and those of less power were often abused and taken for granted, but the Christian
ethic was different. Husbands had responsibility just like wives. Parents had responsibilities
just like children. Masters had responsibilities just like servants or slaves. This was a totally
new way of living that the Christians had to get used to as they began to live out their faith in
their most personal of relationships.