Since we found ourselves in the world,its definite that we have parents,mostly biological though some might have foster parents.Either way,its a blessing to have parents.
The Lord commands us to honor our parents.We have to honor our parents if we want to please God.As we will see in the passages below, honoring our parents not only pleases God,but it also gives us the benefit of a longer life.
2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’
16 ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
Five ways to honor our parents
Our parents might have done terrible things to us,some things they did were more terrible than others.Some of us were insulted,some mistreated,others ignored,and so many other bad things.Forgiving our parents is the first step we need to do in order to reconcile our relationships.It is important for us to have good relationships with our parents.This is possible if we do not keep grudges against them.Forgiving them is the way to help us to heal and help us to move forward.
We need to thank God for them.We need to treat them well on their birthdays.We can also treat them on days that are not their birthdays.We need to acknowledge their presence amidst people.
3.Recognize their authority
We need to seek for their wisdom and guidance.This applies when we want to get married,start a business,join politics,join a new Church.This is simply seeking their opinion early enough on what they think about the project you are thinking of starting.
4.Take care of them
We can take care of our parents financially,socially and even physically.Our parents took care of us from when we were babies.They nursed us,made sure we were in good health,they bought us clothes and took us to school.Its our turn now to do our part.Unfortunately,some of us were not treated very well by our parents,but we need to overlook their shortcomings and play our part.Do not revenge,we are answerable to God.Let us visit them often so that they are not lonely,let us do some shopping for them,let us be there for them.
5.Speak well of them
We need to speak well of our parents regardless of whether they are treating us well or not.I know that this is hard,but we need to cover up especially for those parents who are not treating us well.Some of us do not agree with our parents values/beliefs,but the Lord still expects us to honor them.Speaking positively about them pleases the Lord and gives them honor.
Which other ways can we honor our parents?
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I will be joining Courtney Joseph in the month of October as she shares with us how she has been resting and releasing her burdens to the Lord.You will find practical tips in the journal below.
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