Honor Your Parents

 Daily God Walk for Thursday, September 1, 2011

 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother… But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. – Matthew 15:3-6

 Honor and respect are pretty big issues in the Bible. We are taught that we are to honor our parents and we are to honor those who have authority over us. In fact, some who have studied the Old Testament law have concluded that it is all about honor and respect.

When we look closely at the 10 Commandments and the rest of the law we can see that the entire revelation of God is teaching us to honor and respect the Lord God, respect his creation and respect our fellow man. When we do that we live in harmony with God, nature and man. When we don’t do that we get everything out of balance.

There is a blessing in giving honor to those the Bible tells us to honor. In fact Apostle Paul reminds us that the command to honor our father and mother is the first command with a promise attached to it. Do you remember what that promise is? It is found in Exodus 20:12: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

The Lord is saying that if we give honor to our parents, including all in the older generation, and by extension, all those who are in authority over us, he will give us long life in the place where he puts us.

If you haven’t spoken to your parents in a while, give them a call and share your life with them. If your parents are deceased then share with someone your gratefulness for what God has brought into your life.

 Prayer: Lord, thank you for the parents who raised me. Amen.

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