|My parents before they were married|
But most Father's Day Sermons I've heard in the last decade have focused on the father's responsibility to his children, not the child's responsibility to his father.
I think we've forgotten the importance of the Fifth Commandment. Children (especially we adult children) are quick to demand unconditional honor FROM fathers while giving conditional honor in return.
Sadly, our national disrespect for parents has damaged the moral fiber of our country. We aren't nearly as messed up by bad parenting as we are by our failure to obey God's command to honor parents.
|I'm on my father's lap in this photo|
God makes this clear:
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." Ephesians 6:2-3
Today, let's quit putting conditions on God's commands and start obeying them.
I spent a lot of years neglecting the Fifth Commandment and I lost much in the process. That's why it's a reoccurring theme on Bible Love Notes. If you need more encouragement to honor your parents, check out my archive of 1-minute devotions on the subject HERE.
Or check out my 7-part series on blessing your marriage by honoring your mother-in-law.