- MemberSeptember 30, 2020 at 10:41
Exodus 20:12 – “Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” The word honour means “to esteem and value as precious.” Honour goes beyond simple respect for position and extends to the heart. Proverbs 23:26 says, “My son, give me your heart.” Proverbs 31:28 speaks of children rising in the morning and calling their mother blessed. The very last words of the Old Testament speaks of turning “the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” (Malachi 4:5-6) Honouring your parents provokes divine favour. It is the first commandment with a promise. God said, it will go well with you all the days of your life. Yet they are usually the last to receive your honour, your gifts and act of love. Think for a moment. Honour your parents by submitting to their authority. The gospel of Luke where twelve-year-old Jesus went down to Nazareth with his parents and “was obedient to them.” (Luke 2:51) Ephesians 6:1 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Honour your parents by accepting their discipline and instruction. The book of Proverbs says, “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” (Proverbs 1:8-9). Honouring your parents places you under divine protection. “My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.” (Proverbs 6:20-23). In his wisdom words, Dr. Mike Murdock said, “Your future is determined by who you choose to honour, and if you fail in your life, it will be because of a person you have chosen to dishonour”.
- MemberSeptember 30, 2020 at 12:52
Thanks bro, for this informative and educative post. To further enlighten us and the young teenage generation. I have this question I will like to get people’s scriptural view with respect to wards, even adults, obeying and honouring their parents.
1. Can someone help clarify the statement in Ephesians 6:1: “Children, obey your PARENTS IN THE LORD…” Does this exempt biological parents that is unbelieving? And this brings me to my final question
2. How can a child handle Non-believing Parents in the area of obeying their commandment and instructions which stands contrary to the commandment of God?
For instance: “Tell Mrs XoXo, I am not at home”… while the parent is at home.
This is even a ‘seemingly milder’ example. Let’s think of more difficult ones that a true child of God may face.
Thanks for providing insight on these — this will be greatly helpful for a child of God out there.
- MemberOctober 1, 2020 at 02:04
This is an example of everyday Christian challenges. To honor unbelieving and parent requires the help of the Holy Spirit, there is no answer that fit all cases. However, a major pointer here is the child’s attitude in managing the situation will go a long way in the conversion of the parents. I believe the Bible is very clear with the instruction “Children, obey your parents IN THE LORD”. However, the command to obey parent is secondary to obeying God, this therefore place both obedience to parents and God in a conflicting ends when the parents are not on the Lord’s side.
Having said the above, I will refer to the place of Holy Spirit in dealing with such unbelieving parents, and the child needs more of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Being an ungodly parent does not take away their authority as parent. There is a way that patience, prayer and right words can melt the stony heart. This case always lead to Persecution as the child seeks to honor them in doing the right thing, the child won’t go head-long in amplifying its allegiance to God and condemning his parents for their evil ways! No! There is a way of saying “NO” to one’s parents that comes with honor. I will also say such child will need the support and counsel of a Christian adult on specific cases.
Like in the case you mentioned, a child will be honoring his parent by saying “Sir, l will love to obey you, but I am sorry I can’t lie as it’s not the way of the Lord”
In summary, like Joseph said “How will i do this and sin against God”. Standing for God in an evil situation comes with consequences (Persecution), but a Christian attitude in taking the stand goes a long way, hence must not be done in Pride but in humility, and that is the place of the Holy Spirit.
- MemberSeptember 30, 2020 at 18:21
Honor is such a big deal in the scripture. It encapsulate obedience, love, respect, bless, give and so many others. It shows us why God’s way as portrayed in the scripture does not make logical sense to the natural man, or how can one explain how honoring one’s parents will equals long life, when it is not a medication! In essence, it is a command deep-rooted in spirituality with a visible/physical result.
May we find Grace to live in full obedience to this command. AMEN
Thanks for sharing this thought!
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