Honor Your Parents


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."

Think about this: God himself promises that if you will honor your parents you will have a long and blessed life.

(Note that no exceptions are listed. Even if your parents were terrible, this is still God's Word to you.)

What a promise!

So we need to learn from Scripture what God means by "honoring" our parents, so we can do it and be blessed.


4 For instance, God says, `Honor your father and mother,' and `Anyone who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.'"
5 But you say, `You don't need to honor your parents by caring for their needs if you give the money to God instead.'
6 And so, by your own tradition, you nullify the direct commandment of God.

Here we have Jesus telling one way that people are to honor their parents: by caring for their needs.

So honoring your parents is not just speaking politely to them, or telling others that they are great parents. If your parents have needs, you should help them. In this way, according to Jesus, you are showing them honor.

Here is Mark's account of the same speech:

MARK 7:10-12 NLT

10 For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: `Honor your father and mother,' and `Anyone who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.'
11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, `Sorry, I can't help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I could have given to you.'
12 You let them disregard their needy parents.

Obviously, letting your parents go with unmet needs, when you could meet them, is the opposite of showing them honor.

Of course, the words we speak and the attitude we have toward our parents, also indicates how we honor them.

The word translated honor means to value or prize. God is telling us we should value our parents highly. When you consider something valuable you take care of it, and speak well of it. This is how you should treat your parents -- if you desire God's blessing.

SAY THIS: I will honor my parents and God will bless me


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