Children, Honor Your Parents

Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 5:16 – NKJV

At one time the Commandments of God were held in high esteem in our nation. Children were catechized and taught Scripture by their parents and Church. Schools, colleges and universities reinforced this teaching to the students. America was a shining light – a city on a hill for all the world to see. America was a great nation when America honored, worshipped and obeyed the true Living God.

Now America has become a dim light among the nations. She doesn’t shine nearly as bright as before. She has left her first love and is seeking to be just like all the other nations of the earth. And it is with shock and sorrow that I see my children and grandchildren suffering the consequences of previous generations rebellion.

So, dear children, please listen to my advice as it comes from the Holy Word of God Almighty. God has an explicit command for you in the Ten Commandments and it is for you to honor your father and mother. God also has a promise for you that if you honor your parents, He will bless you.

You may think you are honoring them when in reality you aren’t and perhaps you do not even know it. Here are some of the ways children bring dishonor, humiliation and shame to their parents:

If you are having sexual relations before marriage, you are dishonoring your parents. If you are spending time looking at pornography or reading sexual and profane magazines and books, you are dishonoring your parents. If you are abusing your body with drugs and alcohol, you are dishonoring your parents. If you are angry and harboring bitterness in your heart toward a parent (or both), you are dishonoring them. If you lie to your mother and father, you dishonor them. If you steal from others, you dishonor your parents. If you curse, you bring dishonor to your parents.

How can you bring honor to your parents? First of all, ask God and your parents to forgive you. Realize you have sinned against God and them with your actions. Remember your parents love you and they will forgive you. Tell them you need help to change. If you are in an abusive home, you must not let anger and bitterness take root in your heart. Take your fears and pain to the LORD in prayer and then seek help from a local pastor or trusted adult.

Above all, please know that the best way to live a life of peace and happiness is by obeying God. You aren’t stuck in sin or a hopeless situation; true meaning and purpose for your life is only going to be found in one place and that is in the person of Jesus Christ. Amen.


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