“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”
How would you like to have a long and prosperous life? Did you know that God wants that for you? Don’t take your parents lightly. Give them the respect and reverence they deserve. You may say, “But you don’t know my parents. You don’t know what they did to me.”
God puts a high priority on family relationships throughout life so says the fifth command- ment. On the surface it seems directed exclusively to children, but parents must set the example. Children learn to honour, respect, and obey their parents when they see Mom and Dad honour- ing one another, when they feel respected, affirmed, and loved by their parents, and when they observe their obedience to God. This commandment to children actually touches us all.
It doesn’t say, “Honour your mother and father if they have been good to you.” It says honour your mother and father, period. It may be that you find it hard to honour your parents as persons but at least you need to learn to honor the position of motherhood or fatherhood.
How many of us have been as thoughtful of our parents as we could have been? And who of us as parents have been to our children all that we should have been? Although we’ve broken this commandment, our guilt has been removed by Jesus’ death on the cross. He gives the courage to ask forgiveness of our children and our parents. And if they are not living, we can show the sincerity of our repentance by strengthening our other family relationships.
The honour you give is the honour you get, how are you doing? Are you honouring your par- ents today? God commands us to do so and we honour God our Father when we honour our parents.
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