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The Rewards of Honoring Our Parents Instead of Judging Them

Recently a Christian told me, "If you knew MY parents, you'd understand why I don't honor them."

This attitude is prevalent in our culture - and is increasing among Christians, whether they openly admit it or not.

But God doesn't give us the power to decide when to apply His commands, and He offers no exceptions to His Fifth Commandment.*

Whether we like it or not, our attitude toward our parents reflects our attitude toward God. 

The Rewards of Honoring Our Parents Instead of Judging Them
1. When we refuse to move past our family difficulties we doubt God's ability to use all things for good (Romans 8:28).

2. When we judge our parents harshly without taking responsibility for our sins, we become hypocrites (Matthew 7:1-4).

3. When we refuse to forgive our parents, we become bitter (Ephesians 4:32).

 4. When we ignore the command "Honor your father and mother" (Ephesians 6:2-3) we damage our well-being (Exodus 20:1-17).

Even if you aren't neglecting, rejecting or resenting your parents, examine your heart and ask God if you're truly honoring them.
*If your parents are truly abusive, God will give you safe ways to honor them.

I strongly encourage you to do the short Bible study with this devotion. You'll find it HERE.
And check out these other helpful 1-minute devotions on this subject: 
3 Aspects of Honoring Parents
Honoring God
Adult Children and Parents
Speck Finders
Absalom & David
Takers & Givers
The Most Underestimated Command
Give & Gain, Keep & Lose
Devotions specific to Mothers and In-laws:
Bless You Mother-in-law to Strengthen Your Marriage
Every Day is Mother's Day
Giving Mom Grace
Reckless Abandon - C.T. Studd

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