According the author Dennis Rainey, The Fifth Commandment is “the forgotten commandment."
"Instead of honoring our parents, we’ve taken the better part of the past three decades to bash, blame, and attack our parents for their faults and failures. Our parents have become a toxic waste site on which to dump the blame of our dysfunction. In the process of analyzing our backgrounds…we failed to take responsibility for our own attitudes and actions. We have failed to obey that which God clearly commands: to honor our parents.”(1)For many years I underestimated the Fifth Commandment “which is the first commandment with a promise— ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’” Ephesians 6:2-3 (NIV)
Then I realized I couldn’t honor God without taking it seriously. It’s counter-culture to obey this command, but the benefits are worth it!
(1) The Tribute by Dennis Rainey, Word Publishing, 1994, page 3,4
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2012
By now you may realize that honoring parents is a reoccurring theme on Bible Love Notes. That's because I think it's an important part of our well-being as individuals, families and a society.
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Some additional resources that will give you wisdom in this area:
The Blame Game --1-minute devotion
No More Lip Service--1-minute devotion
Adults and the Fifth Commandment
Etchings of a Legacy by Dennis Rainey
"Honoring Your Parents Without Regret", a short video by Dennis Rainey
How Can You Honor Parents When You Feel They Don't Deserve it? by Sabrina Beasley
God Didn't Ask the Impossible, only the Incredibly Difficult an article written from a Jewish perspective with good thoughts for the Christian as well