Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land. (Ephesians 6:2-3)
Honoring our parents is one of the Ten Commandments and is therefore foundational to a healthy human society. Honoring our parents is so important to God that He gave a great and wonderful promise: that things would go well for us, and we would enjoy a long life. God always blesses those who honor Him and keep His Commandments.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your command to honor our father and mother. Teach us to do so not only when we are living under our parents’ roof, but also as they grow into old age and become more and more dependent upon us. Show us how we might honor our parents throughout our lives.
Life Application: Honor Your Parents, Especially as They Grow Older.
There are two primary ways we must honor our parents. First, when we are younger, we should honor their instruction. Parents are entrusted with authority to raise their children to know the Lord, and children should cooperate with their parents toward this goal. Second, children should honor their parents by caring for them as they grow older. Parents need to know that they will not be abandoned by their children, but cared for in their old age. The transition between the two forms of honoring does not happen at once but over time. So we should pay attention to our current moment and seek to understand how we might fulfill God’s command.