Mom and Dad
Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Let the following question stir deep feelings within you: What kind of relationship do you have with your mom or your dad? For some people, this is a question that erupts tears of reassurance because they have been loved by their parents and they have deep love and respect for their parents. However, others who hear this question want to hurl and harbor hurt and hatred. This can be such a visceral question because it evokes the deepest victories and vacuums of a person’s identity.
God established parents as the key to transfer the hope and love of the Lord to a future generation. Parents who don’t follow this call find themselves in a precarious position, not just with their kids but primarily with God. But God also established kids to set an example to their parents. As children grow to know the Lord, one dramatic way they are expected to display God’s love is by showing respect and encouragement to their parents. This command isn’t so much about whether the parents have raised their children well as much as it is about whether the children will follow God’s instructions. This posture of honor for parents ultimately honors God, and, as a result, will have long-term benefits for the child.
Pray for the Day:
Dear Jesus, let me learn how to love my parents with your love. Amen.