Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Honor Your Father

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
         The Bible teaches children to honor their parents, both father and mother. For many of you, this is easy. Your parents deserve your honor. Their desire is to train you up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Perhaps for some of you adults, it takes a more conscience effort to honor your parents, maybe even creativity, particularly if they raised your poorly or mistreated you. But it is still your duty to grant honor where honor is due. And a failure to do so requires repentance.

         If your parents are faithful Christians, then you should not only honor them but you should also seek to imitate them as they imitate Christ. Of course, your parents are not perfect. In some ways, they will fall short of Christ. You should not imitate their sins and failures. And, in fact, this is another way to honor them. Learn from their good behavior and learn from their bad behavior. This kind of honor honors the Lord Jesus and brings with it a long and blessed life on the Earth.

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