We tend to think of commandments as those restrictions on our lives that prevent us from doing certain actions. We are forbidden to murder, commit adultery, lie, steal and desire what others have. But the commandments are much more than that. They are about our relationship with God and with others. The last five of ten have to do with our relationships with others, but the first five are about our relationship with God. And one of those first five commandments come with a promise.
Exo 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Honoring our parents is the fifth commandment. It is the last one written on one side of the two tablets. There is a promise attacked to it because it has to do with our relationship to God more than to other people.
Apostle Paul repeats this commandments in
The reason for this is because if we able to honor our earthly parents we will have no problem honoring and obeying our heavenly Father. Disciplining ourselves in this manner is the key to our ability to withstand the worst that life can throw at us. Why? It is because
That’s right. Parents are not perfect. In fact, some are downright awful! But if we can master the art of honoring them even when they are awful, then we will have learned how to love others as God loves us. We are to do this so that we can learn to obey God and to lay our lives down for others. Nothing honors our God more than our ability to lay down our lives for them. And nothing helps us in life more than the ability to obey which is nothing more than being able to learn from others.
I have often said that I don’t have enough lifetimes to make all the mistakes that it is possible for a person to make and that is why I need to learn from others. Learning from others is a “learned” discipline that starts with obeying our parents. We learn from them by deciding to do what they do or by not doing what they do depending on whether they are loving and kind or the worst parents in the world. Either way, if we are smart, we will learn from them and for those lessons we owe them honor.
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