Eight times in Scripture do we find the command to “honor our father and mother”. This should let us know that God is serious about this issue. So many people show total disregard for their parents and choose not to honor them. They curse them, hang up the phone on them, scream at them, put them in nursing homes when they are well capable of caring for them, disrespect them, argue with them, physically fight them, refuse to help them, and the terrible list goes on and on. How can we allow ourselves to treat someone that brought us into the world this way? Yes, they may not have been the best of parents. They may have abandoned you, abused you, called you everything but a child of God, refused to provide for you, love you, or support you. Maybe they are getting up in age and have become extremely cranky and rude towards you. Yet, God commands us to honor them. Why? Although you may feel they don’t deserve honor, they are still your parents. Just as we honor God even when He doesn’t give us what we want, He is still God and worthy of honor. How do you honor someone that has hurt you? You respect their position in your life. The moment people have to deserve our honor and respect is the moment we cease to be true Christians. No one has to earn something that God has commanded us to give. Does this mean we allow people to treat us any kind of way? Of course not! However, we must be respectful in how we communicate those hurts. When you honor your parents, God says that He will prolong your days and will richly bless your life. This goes for mother-in-laws and father-in-laws as well. We must treat them the way we would want our children treat us.
“Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Deuteronomy 5:16 KJV)
Prayer: Father, forgive me for not honoring my parents. I forgive them and I surrender to Your command to honor them. Heal every hurt in my heart and help me to love, honor and respect them in the way that pleases You most. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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