Honor thy father and mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee”. (Exodus 20:12 KJV)
Honor is a characteristic that is becoming more difficult to discern in the present day. When glimpses of it appear, it is refreshing to see that it is still relevant and put into practice. Why is there an emphasis placed on honoring our father and mother in the bible? Perhaps, it is because they have been given the responsibility of wearing many different hats like being a steward, a counselor, and a teacher in our life. They have authority over us and their job is to guide, instruct, encourage, and discipline us in the spirit of love. The relationship between a child and parent is pivotal to how a child will relate to God’s authority. Ministry begins in your home. It is where the groundwork is laid for faith building, being obedient, showing respect, teaching godly principles. Parents are teaching lessons even when they aren’t speaking. Our life should bear witness to the God we serve. If you are a parent or guardian what in your life can your children see that is a reflection of God’s love?
With this commandment, we understand the children’s duty, but parents must also live honorable lives before the kids. Children will not do what you say they will do what you do. Even though it is impossible to be the perfect parent, we can live a life of holiness under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Holiness is a lifestyle and by following the commandments it keeps us in fellowship with God. Although parents and children don’t always get it right, God will still hold you to the standard of showing respect even when you feel it is undeserving. It is a commandment put in place to demonstrate how to conduct yourself under authority. When implemented how it was designed, it is for the benefit of you having a long life that will be a blessing to generations to come and the family.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”.(Prov.22:6 KJV)