“Honor your father and mother–which is the first commandment with a promise–so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:2-3
Parents everywhere love the verse right before these about children obeying their parents. These verses take it further in children need to honor their parents. Paul even quotes it from the Old Testament ten commandments.
Honor is giving respect and recognition to someone. In America when someone does something extraordinary others will give them some honor. They will be given a plaque, or some sort of memorial with lots of public recognition to what they did to honor them.
However, when someone just does the normal day-to-day living, people do not show much honor. In fact, most people will tend to find fault with the person. Children are the same.
It is easy to find something wrong in a person’s life. Children everywhere are blaming parents for everything wrong. They will talk bad about their parents to everyone. There is no honor for the parents.
Yes, every parent has done some things wrong and, yes, there are some who are exceptionally bad in doing wrong. Despite their wrongs, they are still the parents. Children must still honor them in that aspect.
Jesus loved you while you were still a sinner and nailing Him to the cross. You must show that same love to your parent who is doing wrong. Honor your parent as that person is your father or mother.
Remember that even if you are an adult, you are still someone’s child. You do have parents. This is true whether they are living or dead, divorced or married. They are your parents.
Are you showing honor to your parents? Are speaking good about them?
Or are you just talking about all the bad things they did? Are you just pointing fingers at their faults?
Show God’s love to and for them. Show them honor. In the end, God promised long life on this earth. This was the first command with a promise. Follow that command and see what God can and will do for you.
I pray today that you will know the love God has for you and your parents; that God will help you to love and honor your parents; that God will reveal to you ways you dishonor your parents; and that God will use you to draw more people to Jesus.