Honor Your Father and Mother


Have you heard of the biblical idea of honoring your father and your mother?  Is that hard for you to do?  It turns out that we might find that it is harder to honor God if we have trouble honoring our parents, and I’m not talking to children… This is adult education…

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Colossians 3:20

These phrases are often used as statements to bring kids in line or as a comeback when our kids are flippant or rude.  It’s like, ‘Hey! Honor your father and mother!”

Kids oblige in a purely obligatory sense until they reach an age in which they can do what they want when they want (usually tied to moving out).  Time for a reset of this concept.  There is something wrong here.  A malfunction at the junction.

The ten commandments, from which this command from God is taken, was provided to adults.  This isn’t, ‘teach your kids to…’  This is a command for all of us. 

Honoring our parents is not something we grow out of or move out of…

The obedience command in Paul’s letter to the Colossians was directed at children – I think it’s safe to assume that when we grow up and establish ourselves in our own families and homes that obedience is probably a strong word for inter-generational relationships.

Honor, on the other hand, is quite reasonable, don’t you think?

Our behaviour toward our parents impacts our relationship with God.  There is inter-play between our approach with parents and our relationship with our Father in heaven…  ahhh… that’s it, isn’t it?

If we have a hard time honoring our parents, we likely will have a hard time honoring God in our lives.  Ask yourself about that.  When you could honestly say you were honoring your parents, were you honoring God also?  And when you weren’t honoring your parents, how was your relationship with God?

Some of us have difficult parents.  Not me, of course.  Mine might be reading this 😉

Does your parent make it difficult to honor them?  The commands of God are not often related to things which come natural to us, are they?  They stretch us.  In fact, in order to live God’s commands we need  faith and help from above…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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