3 Aspects of Honoring Parents

3 Aspects of Honoring Parents

God's command to honor parents is sadly ignored by our culture...

For many of my adult years, I took my parents for granted. I loved them, but I didn’t honor them. 

3 Traits of Genuine Honor:
1. Initiative
2. Interest
3. Priority
    Initiative means we take responsibility for visits, phone calls, and letters instead of expecting our parents to be responsible for maintaining our relationship.
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    We also take the initiative to listen to our parents and work through problems. After all, they persevered through our childhood selfishness, adolescent annoyance, and teenage arrogance.

    Interest in their lives means we quit being children and become adults. They showed interest in every detail of our lives for years (and probably still do)-- we need to cultivate an interest in their lives.

    Priority means we think of their needs and desires, not simply our own. It means we inconvenience ourselves at times in order to please them (Philippians 2:3-4). If we treat our friends better than we treat our parents we don't understand the meaning of honor.  

    The Pharisees claimed to honor God while ignoring their parents’ needs, and Jesus said, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away.” (Matthew 15:1-9)

    If you're honoring your parents...you're honoring God! It's a win-win situation!
    copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2012

    Some additional resources that will give you wisdom in this area:
    Adults and the Fifth Commandment by Gail Purath
    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
    Honoring Parents 1-Minute Archives

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    3 Aspects of Honoring Parents


    1. How do you do this when they are an alcoholic and belligerent?

      1. Dear Tammy,
        I'm sorry that your parents are alcoholic and belligerent. That must be difficult for you.

        Fortunately, we have a wonderful, creative God, and I know He can give you wisdom for honoring your parents despite their problems.

        Your job will be more challenging, but God doesn't ask us to do anything that He can't equip us to do.

        I pray that you will find a peace as you let your Perfect Parent teach you how to handle your imperfect parents.

        May it go well with you, my friend.

      2. Love covers a multitude of sin. We experience this with our only living parent. Its difficult most of the time but when we love him in spite of his alcoholic state he himself says he doesn't und
        erstand why we keep putting up with him. We always tell him how Jesus love us even while we were in our sins. Praise Jesus for salvation & a chance for him to see salvation in us.

      3. Thanks for your insights, Carmen. I'm sure your words are a comfort to Tammy. May God continue to give you strength to offer this kind of love and honor to your parent.

    2. I like this! I like how you worded this. Very true and intentional especially since they did it all my life

      1. Thanks, Kristina. I'm glad this was helpful. I feel like it's an important subject for Christians.
        God bless you and Merry Christmas.


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