‘Honour your father.’ Exodus 20:12 NIV
Paul reminded us that the command of God to honour our parents has blessings attached to it. ‘Obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honour your father and mother” (which is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on the earth.’ (Ephesians 6:1–3 BSB) Back when you were just learning to walk, you would also have developed a taste for saying ‘no’.
Is honouring your parents simply about reversing the curse and agreeing with a ‘yes’ to everything they say? Not exactly. Honour is about attitude.
Jesus told a parable about two sons who were asked to do a job by their father (see Matthew 21:28–32). The first son snarled, ‘I will not,’ but later changed his mind. The second respectfully said, ‘I will go,’ but never did! It’s obvious which son did what his parent asked. But Jesus was directing it at those who appeared righteous. Just because you seem to do as they ask doesn’t mean it’s wholly pleasing to God. Attitude matters.
Sin is disobeying the divine authority of your heavenly Father. In the home, He’s given your parents authority over you. That doesn’t mean they’re always right. If they do as He asks, they’ll help you grow and provide protection for you. (They’re called to honour you too!) God’s looking both for active obedience coupled with a top attitude. The difference between child-like and childish is important, no matter what your age. Are there any adjustments you need to make this Father’s Day?
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