walk in the word
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:1-3
Is it just me, or is honor an almost forgotten character quality in today’s world? You don’t have to watch the evening news or read the daily paper for very long to recognize that a healthy dose of honor is desperately needed in every part of our society. No one wants to take responsibility for the situation, but doesn’t the problem ultimately come back to the family unit? After all, doesn’t honor begin in the home?
Just look at these verses. In Exodus 20:12, commandment number five in the “Top Ten” says: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Two books later, Deuteronomy 5:16 demands the same of us. And lest you think that honor is merely an Old Testament principle, Ephesians 6:2 drives home the message: “Honor your father and mother . . . so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.”
Clearly, honoring our parents is very important to God. But what does it really mean? Well, the Hebrew word for “honor” literally means “a heavy weight.” You could translate it, “Lay it on your parents.” While the phrase “laying it on” is often used to convey an insincere form of flattery today, the Hebrew concept is heartfelt and substantial. It’s the idea of weighing down with respect.
If we are to take the Bible seriously, then we must recognize that (1) teaching our children to honor their parents and (2) finding a way to honor our own parents — regardless of who they have been or what they have done — is a very serious matter.
The Bible is filled with stories of people who honored their parents and succeeded, and also of those who did not honor their parents and failed. So what’s it gonna be? As for me, I’m doing what I can to be part of the first group. — James MacDonald
Prayer: God, You are my heavenly Father. Thank You for showing me that by honoring my earthly parents, I am trained to honor You. Help me to believe the promise You made, that when I honor my earthly parents, it will go well with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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