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“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
This passage is amazing!
Consider for a moment that Moses has just received the Ten Commandments from Almighty God. The first five of these foundational instructions deal specifically with our relationship with God and the second five focus on our relationship with others.
It’s powerful when we consider the first commandment God gave regarding human relationships is to “Honor your father and your mother” (v. 12). Of all the relationships God could have started with, He began with the way we treat our parents. God views this relationship as critical! Because the way we interact with our parents can dictate the way we relate with other people.
“Honor” sits at the beginning of the passage, which means “to be heavy.” This reveals to us the seriousness and weightiness of holding our parents in high regard.
In today’s world, it’s easy for us to take our parents for granted—to treat them as if they don’t matter, or that they hold no significance in our lives.
Our parents aren’t perfect and may have done things to hurt us, but it doesn’t mean that we put them down or forget their presence in our lives. God wanted Moses and the Israelites to know that their relationship with their parents meant a lot to Him, because it served as the basis for how they would treat others.
Let’s take this area of our lives seriously and ask God to help us “honor” our parents.
Lord, I ask that you help me to understand the weight and significance of honoring and respecting my parents. Empower me to honor them the way you want me to. Amen
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