“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being....
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise)…’” Ephesians 6:1-2
Have you ever made a promise to someone? Have you kept the promise that you made? I’m sure the person you made the promise to was grateful that you kept your end of the deal and followed through with what you said!
Today, we live in a world where promises don’t seem to mean much. We have come to realize that someone giving us their word doesn’t mean anything unless they back up their promise with actions!
Today’s reading is the New Testament version of what we read yesterday in Exodus 20. Paul is writing a letter to a group of believers in the city of Ephesus. He’s instructing them on how to handle family relationships.
I love that God just doesn’t give us things He wants us to do just because He said so, but He also offers a blessing attached to this command! The promise comes in two areas: quality of life and quantity of life.
When we honor, respect, and obey our parents, we are not only blessing them, but our own lives will benefit. We will experience more peace, joy and the fullness that comes from living in a right relationship with God and with our parents.
This all results in a longer life, too. God is a promise-maker and He always keeps His promises!
God, you desire life, peace, and fullness as I follow your ways. Help me to obey you and the parents you have given me. Thank you for your promises and your faithfulness to keep your promises. Amen
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