Commandment 5 – Honor your father and mother

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As you all know we have been taking an in depth look at the Ten Commandments.  We have already saw how relevant they are to our lives.  All law is based on them, and there is no way for you to ignore them.  In my last post I talked about the fourth commandment (keeping holy the Sabbath day) today we will address the fifth commandment.  Here we  go.

Commandment 5 – Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 

I feel that this commandment is real self-explanatory.  We must always honor or father and mother unless they are asking us to be disobedient to God.  If we find that our parents are asking us to break the commandments that God has set before us we should not honor them. We must always honor God first with all we think, say, and do.  With that being said we need to model how we honor God and honor our parents along the same way.  God is always first in everything.

We can define honor by it’s definition.  To hold in high regard.  To Respect.  So it is safe to say that we hold our parents in high regard and we respect all they think, say, and do if they are adhering to the Ten Commandments and following God.  Unfortunately there are many parents out there who just don’t care how they act, or what message they are sending to their children.  We must always discern what is right and wrong.  What is honorable to God and what isn’t.

You have heard the old adage “I wish I would’ve listened to my parents.” or “They really did know what they were talking about.”  Our parents were chosen by God to lead and guide us through life.  That is our job as parents. Remember that we didn’t pick our parents, and we cant make their choices for them.  I believe that there is good in everyone.  As a parent myself I want the best for my children, and so does God.  He didn’t put this commandment here to limit us.  He put it here to show us respect.  To show us how to respect and honor our father and mother. 

If our parents tell us to do something or not to do something we have to first discern that it is right and honorable.  If it is then we must obey.  They have our best interests in mind.  They are here to protect us and to provide for us. Our parents have made many sacrifices for us.  They have went without so we can have the things that we need.  A lot of these sacrifices we don’t even know about.  We also honor them by our lives.  Everything we do is a reflection on them.  When I was drinking and doing my thing I wasn’t bringing honor to my parents or God.  It was the opposite.  We must never talk bad about them.  Even though we don’t understand we should never dishonor their name.

We must always remember to put God first in everything.  Although we love our parents we are never to put them above God.  He created them as well as he created you.  He is your one true father.  He gives life to all things.  If you are tempted to yell at your parents, fight with them, or go against their direction ask yourself one question first.  Would you choose to dishonor Jesus this way?  If you choose to dishonor them you are dishonoring the one who created them, and you are dishonoring yourself as well.  Think about it.

I encourage you to take this commandment and honor God with it.  If you are at a place in your relationship with your parents that needs work.  I ask that you go to God with this problem and ask him to show you the way to fix what is broken.  If there are amends that needs to be made.  My prayer is that you would ask God for the strength to make those amends so your relationship with your parents is all God has created it to be.

Remember God is always first and rightly so.  He is God!!  I want to encourage you to leave a comment on this site about this commandment and how it applies today in your life!

May God Bless You Richly—————————-Your Brother in Christ—————————Matthew J. Leiker