“Honour your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise.)”

Ephesians 6:2

Deut 5:16 “Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee¨.

Each and every one of us has parents, if your parents are still here then realise that your interaction with your parents directly affects your well-being. The command of God is not, honour your father and mother if they are in church or if their wisdom agrees with what you think. The command is honor your father and your mother. What has been so lost in the Church structure is honour and what we so often fail to realise is that when we do not honor it is our own lives that are affected.

Honour is glorifying God through the authority delegated to man. It is an act of humility and submission, a statement of loyalty and thankfulness for what God has given you through another. An author defines it as “using my resources, talents, and abilities to aid and support the plan and success of the one whom I am honouring; desiring his or her needs to be met above my own; putting the life plan and purpose of this person above my own.¨

You may have your own definition of honour but what we must realise is that through the Word of God the first commandment with a promise is to honour our parents. We are commanded by our Heavenly Father to honour our earthly fathers and mothers. Not only are we commanded to do this, we should want to do this.

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