The Fifth Commandment
“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God will give you.
This is the first commandment with a promise attached. To live in peace for generations in the Promised Land, the Israelites would need to respect authority and build strong families. But what does it mean to “honor” parents? Partly, it means speaking well of them and politely to them. It also means acting in a way that shows them courtesy and respect (but not to obey them if this means disobedience to God). It means following their teaching and example of putting God first. Parents have a special place in God’s sight. Even those who find it difficult to get along with their parents are still commanded to honor them.
If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.
Christ calls us to a higher mission than to find comfort and tranquility in this life. Love of family is a law of God, but even this love can be self-serving and used as an excuse not to serve God or do his work.
Evaluate your life according to this Commandment:
I have shown disrespect for my parents and withheld my care from them. I have been unable to appreciate them as gifts from God and refuse to take their views into consideration.
Life Question: Behavior that honors parents – what does it look like? Who then is blessed?
Which new insight does this give you into God’s desire for your life?
These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,
In what ways do you honor your boss, parents, children, or employees? How have you dishonored them? Pinpoint areas in which you need to improve. Honor others not only with your actions but with your thoughts, too.