2010-06-12 - Honoring Parents ~ Conclusion
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 31
Think of the believer who was greatly abused by the parents. How can that individual be expected to honor their parents? He/she must, because of the commandment to do so. But praise the Lord, He will honor the desire for obedience, and will provide the strength to do so. We are called to honor our parents, not because they as individuals deserve it, but by the very fact they are our parents. The Lord has been gracious though to many of us, in giving us parents that are greatly deserving of our honor.
Honor your father and your mother, that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. for even Christ said; Honor your father and Mother;... for the Lord has given us the gift of parents to bring us up in his way, for we are told by Solomon; My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:... (Exodus 20: 12; Ephesians 6: 3; Matthew 19: 19; Proverbs 1: 8).
Honoring your parents means treating them with respect, even when disagreeing with them. It means recognizing they are your parents, even when they failed to act out that role. It means by obeying Gods first commandment, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, you will be able to obey the second, Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:27, 29). And certainly if you are to love your neighbor, you are to love your parents - and if you do, you will honor them.
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