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"Honoring Your Parents" continued...

Being more educated or “smarter” than our parents gives us no reason to reject their authority when we are children and to forsake honoring them our whole lives. Take a look at Jesus’ example in Luke 2:51 “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them.” Here the all knowing creator of all submitted to His earthly parents. Jesus most definitely had more knowledge than His parents, but He accepted God’s ordinances for obeying and honoring.

Are we going to accept the authority that God has put in place? Are we going to obey the command to honor? You may not be out killing or stealing from people, but if we are not honoring our parents, we are sinning just the same.

What about mistakes that our parents have made? Should we still honor them though they are not perfect? Jesus stated that those without sin should cast the first stone (John 8:7). Are you perfect? Parents aren’t perfect either.

No authority (governments, churches, husbands, & parents) is without fault, but that does not usurp our obedience and honor that is due them. Our mother and father will make mistakes, and so will we. As Christians, we have to allow God to rule our lives. When we make mistakes, we will repent and order should return. Children, you must forgive your parents. Mothers and fathers, you must forgive your children. “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:26)

Sadly in our world, authority can be abused. How are we to respond as followers of Christ if we have evil parents? Treat them with respect by honoring them. We may not be able to have a real relationship with our mother or father because of choices they make, but we can still show the love of God by honoring them. How will the lost ever come to know the Lord if we do not show His unconditional love? It will be difficult, but “…The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

Besides the command to honor our father and mother, the Lord commands us to treat others like we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). Would you want to be yelled at, rejected, called names, put down, or disgraced? Of course not, and we should not treat our parents or others like that. We have to put away our pride and arrogance.

The command to honor our father and mother comes with a promise. “That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Peace will be found in the household that has honor and obedience in the Lord. Will we all live long lives for honoring and obeying our parents? Not necessarily, but honoring the authority that God has put in place will help us to avoid sin. These are the very sins that often take people at a young age. Our health can be compromised by poor choices, and the situations we put ourselves in can quickly remove us from this world.

Many of us are blessed with wonderful parents, but whatever the scenario - not honoring your parents is dishonoring the Lord. It is a commandment. If we disobey God, it is a sin. We have been called to repent and turn from our sin (Ezekiel 18:30). Ask God for forgiveness if you have been dishonoring your parents and change your ways. If you are blessed to still have your parents on this earth, restore your relationship today. “For this is right.”

From: Volume 1 - Issue 2


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