2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise)
Reflection On This Scripture
Here we find The Apostle Paul quoting the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:12 and
Deuteronomy 15:16) to base the need for children to obey parents. Paul gives a similar command in Colossians stating that children should obey their parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord (Colossians 3:20). This means acts of kindness, material support, respect and obedience. Have you ever prayed “God, I just want to please you!”? As an adult, you may want to start by honoring your mom and dad a bit more. Has there been a fallout between you and your parents and as a result it has created a gap in your relationship? Allow God’s Word to fill it.
The Bible also mentions a promise for those who obey their parents. It suggests that they enjoy a prosperous and long life. Generally speaking, people who carry obedience carry self-discipline, which in turn brings stability and longer life. The principle is that when children obey their parents in the Lord, they can avoid a great deal of sin and danger that the average child thus avoiding the things that can very well threaten or shorten their lives. Keep in mind that this is a huge commandment for the parents as well. They have the responsibility to love their children and teach them what it means to know, love and follow God. Whether spiritual or physical, you will always be someone’s child. Show respect, love, and care for them and as a result it will naturally develop into honor. Obedience always honors God and enriches us.
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