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What God Wrote in Stone 5: Honor Your Parents

What God Wrote in Stone Day 5 – Honor Your Parents

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12, ESV)

Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land. (Ephesians 6:2-3, ESV)

For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him. (Leviticus 20:9, ESV)

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. (Proverbs 1:8-9, ESV)

“I hate my parents,” she said with venom in her voice, as she tried to explain to her friends how restrictive they were. “They never let me do anything and they never listen to me.” Maybe you’ve heard that from your kids’ friends or from your own children. Or maybe you’ve even said awful words like these about your own parents! Even though you may not have had the guts to say it out loud, I’ll bet sometime in your younger years you had similar feelings when it came to the rules your parents enforced for you.

But guess what? As normal as these sorts of statements may be in our century, they would have been met with certain death under the Law. Dishonoring or cursing a parent was a very serious offense that was dealt with by public stoning. How many kids in the 21st century would survive living under the Law? Probably very few. And even more, if I’m honest, I would not have survived either. 

So how we speak to or about our parents matters to God, no matter what kind of parents we have. Sass is never okay. Talking back is never okay. Name-calling is unacceptable. Disrespect is always wrong. And here’s the thing: our attitude with our parents says a lot about our relationship with the Lord. If we are comfortable with back-talking, name-calling, or muttering under our breath that we “hate” them (even though we probably don’t), it’s time to check our hearts before the Lord. 

In Proverbs 1 above, we are encouraged to listen to them, consider their advice, and honor them in our character and speech, even if our parents fall short of being a great mom or dad. It isn’t always easy, but in doing this, we give honor to our Heavenly Father by loving like He loves us (since we don’t deserve His love). 

How are you doing when it comes to what you have to say about your parents? Are you showing them honor and respect? Do you show your appreciation for the things they have done for you, even if it’s just that they gave you life? Do you think of what they may need and do what you can for them? Are you there for them when a crisis hits, and do they know they can count on you? 

There are many ways we can honor our parents, and each time we choose to honor them, we honor the Lord as well. If you’re younger, maybe still living at home, consider how you speak to your parents (or about them). Would others say you are honoring them with your speech, or would they likely not think so? If your parents are older and you’re no longer under their roof, they still deserve your respect. They may not even be honorable or decent parents, but God asks that we honor them. Disobedience in this area is sin that must be acknowledged and repented of, but obedience to God always reaps reward. May we seek to honor our parents so that we may honor God through our respectful character. It matters to Him, so it should matter to us.

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