Honor Dad & Mom…. Don’t Tick Off Your Parents
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Life is about balance. We all have a give and take with different circumstances facing us as we navigate our lives. Simply stated there is an alternate side of every coin that must be recognized. I only say that to say this: If I feel led and speak about how parents should react and treat their children, I must also mention how children are instructed to act towards their family.
In thinking about this topic, I couldn’t wrap my head around any other scripture that painted this better that one of the Ten Commandments. In reading about this it is interesting to note that as listed in the Bible this is the first commandment that comes with a promise. The importance of this principle was so great in the early days of the Israelites but also never more important today. In order to see the Promised Land it would take families that were so incredibly strong to stay together and build. It is so incredibly true today we have to have strong families to build and move forward in the Word of the Lord. We have to have strong support systems behind us to be together in all the trying times that this world can throw at us.
So how was God instructing these people and those for all time to get this strong family unit? He specifically instructed that we should all honor our fathers and mothers. So what are kids or children to do? How do we truly “honor” our parents? When I think of honor I think of being polite and living in a manner that is respectful to my parents and others. I think it also means a courtesy and understanding towards them and realizing our placement as children. In one word I believe it’s about respect. Respect for those who have taken a part in raising us and the continued work they do to better us.
As parents our direction is to set a holy example of how our kids should grow and learn in the will and word of God. However as children our direction is to follow this lead and to respect and honor what our parents are guiding us towards. Only when the way being showed by parents is in direct violation of God’s Word are children told not to obey. God loves parents and children and gives us this framework to make us stronger in each other and thus in Him. Back to the beginning- it’s about balance and that is what God is showing us.