According to the Bible:
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
“Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise–
According to Luther’s Small Catechism:
What does this mean?–Answer.
We should fear and love God that we may not despise nor anger our parents and masters, but give them honor, serve, obey, and hold them in love and esteem.
2214 The divine fatherhood is the source of human fatherhood;16 this is the foundation of the honor owed to parents. the respect of children, whether minors or adults, for their father and mother17 is nourished by the natural affection born of the bond uniting them. It is required by God’s commandment
IV. The Family and the Kingdom
2232 Family ties are important but not absolute. Just as the child grows to maturity and human and spiritual autonomy, so his unique vocation which comes from God asserts itself more clearly and forcefully. Parents should respect this call and encourage their children to follow it. They must be convinced that the first vocation of the Christian is to follow Jesus: “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”39
V. The Authorities in Civil Society
2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. the love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
When thinking about this commandment, the first thing I think of is Will Smiths song Parents Just Don’t Understand, which you can find at the bottom of this blog. It’s true that, especially for the younger generation, that we think our parents just don’t understand. We get very narrow focused, and don’t see the big picture. Life involves around us, and everything needs to make us, well, happier. When there is anything that gives us displeasure, we view it as a negative. When our parents punish us, we are so narrow minded that all we can see in their punishment towards us is negative. Rather it is for our benefit, it gives us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes, that we don’t even always see as mistakes.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
As we get older and mature in life, we all release how true that is. We see the wisdom in our parents. In our youth our parents would be the last people we go to for advice, but as we get older, we seek them more and more.
Back to the commandment though. “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” The purpose of this commandment is simple. We must honor our father and mother, respect their authority over us, and obey their commands. Not only our parents, but our elders, and anyone with authority over us. In honoring them, God gives us a reward. The reward God gives us is for us to live long, and for your life to go well. I believe this to be something worth recognition, because no other commandment states a benefit to follow the commandment given.
- Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
- Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
- Honor Your Father and Mother
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.
Memory Verse of the Week:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
- Why Do We Have to Respect Our Parents? (guapotg.wordpress.com)
- There is evidence left when you honor your Mother & Father! Gospel News: Mother Mary Honored (godowned.wordpress.com)
- Words to Live By (reflectionstoday.wordpress.com)