Honor Your Father and Mother

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

Honor for mothers and fathers is missing a lot in our era.  Multiple causes can be pointed to, each of which has some truth behind it.  This command is most often directed at children but it has implications for adults as well.

For starters, are you as a parent worthy of honoring?  The term Heavenly Father is a hard term for some people to accept because they had or have lousy earthly fathers.  Some parents are abusive or just plain absent.  It’s hard to expect children to honor these types of parents.

As a parent it is also important to realize that there is a responsibility attached to parenting.  The moment your first child is conceived, life as you know it changes.  A baby is totally dependent on its parents and can’t do anything for itself.  This is exhausting work and shouldn’t be rushed into without much consideration.

Of course we’re still someone’s child as adults as well.  If your parents are still living you are still expected to honor them.  This doesn’t mean that they get to control your life or tell you how to run your house.  When a person leaves the house, especially at marriage, they need to become more independent.  But parents must still be honored even in later years.

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