Mar 11, 2022 18:30pm
Honor Your Father and Mother

As children, we would sing a little song about a baby bumble bee.

“Oh, I’m taking home a baby bumble bee. Won’t my momma be so proud of me…”

I can just see my little cotton headed, freckled face, and tiny hands singing this song as a kid. Boasting with our chest out, pride surging through us, desiring the approval of our parents.

No matter your upbringing, whether you had a good relationship with your parents or not, there’s something in each of us that desires that affection, their approval, their attention.

I don’t know how many times we would be playing in the pool and mom would walk out and we’d say, “hey mom, watch this!” as if it were the coolest thing since sliced bread.

That desire to please them or honor them, to show respect to them, is best demonstrated by our choices in life.

Even if you had a horrible experience with a parent or both of them, there was someone in your life that was a positive father or mother figure to you. The way you carry yourself, talk, act, speak, it all says something about what they taught you. And how you act today is a reflection of them.

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)

God’s 5th commandment to the people not only comes with a command to obey, but also a blessing for doing so.

The role of a parent is an important one, especially to God. Through His perfect and magnificent design, a father’s love and actions would be an earthly demonstration of our Heavenly Father’s own love toward us.

Sin corrupts that relationship sometimes, and not everyone has such a beautiful picture of God’s love displayed through that role.

So, should we honor our parents if they are doing wrong, or have wronged us in the past? We can still be courteous and respect them while not obeying them if they are going against God. We can be polite and not talk badly of them even if we find it difficult to get along or to forgive.

Today, allow God to search your heart and help you find ways to honor your father and mother. Let your life be a testament to not only them, but your heavenly father.

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