Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great week so far. Tonight, I want to talk about honouring/obeying your parents. I heard some news tonight which has prompted me to write about this topic. The news I heard reminded me of the importance of honouring our parents. When we do, we also obey and glorify our Father in Heaven.
Ephesians 6:2 “Honour your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise
God commands us to honour our parents. This doesn’t mean we should do it just because it is a rule, we should want to them because we love God. I’m sure all of us can recall times when we were younger and when we were in our teenage years when we wanted to rebel. We didn’t like what our parents told us, we felt restricted by their rules and instructions, we felt like they were sucking all the fun out of our lives. Gad and I are both still in our late teens and we still feel that a bit from time to time. Sure, we are young adults now and we have a lot more freedom that a younger child would. We can drive, we go to Uni each day and meet up with our friends on the weekends but in the end, our parents are still our parents.
Some children are rebellious, some don’t want to submit to their parent’s authority. Sadly, some will go to lengths of running away from home because they refuse to obey their parents. They believe they can take care of themselves and that they know better. Some children are brought up in difficult backgrounds and sometimes the only option is to run away from home, because their quality of life depends on it. However, I am talking about families that truly love and care for their children and don’t take them for granted, because they realise the privilege that it is to be a parent. It is not a right, but rather a gift from God.
For children to rebel against parents is sad. The parents will often wonder what they have done wrong. Now, I am not a parent yet, but from what I have heard, it is no easy task bringing up children. Often, parents will describe bringing up children as the hardest but also the most joyful time of their lives.
Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it
Wisdom truly comes with age. As I have got older, I have realised that parents are truly a blessing. My parents love me and treasure me so much. They do so much for me, not because they have to, but because they love me as their son. I know Gad’s parents are the same. As Christians, we need to remember that just as we are a gift to our parents, our parents are actually a gift to us. It is a blessing to have parents who bring us up in the way of the Lord. Gad and I were both brought up in loving Christian families and eventually, we made our own decisions to follow Jesus. Our parents nurtured us in God’s ways and that lead to us choosing to live God’s way. We could have been born into any family, yet it is because of God’s grace that we were born to the amazing parents we were.
I have heard my parents say many times that they are thankful to God for me (and my brother)! I know for certain that my parents are grateful for the role they have been given. It is certainly not an easy one, but it also comes with lots of love and laughter.
I want to encourage you tonight and for the week ahead to honour your parents in the way you act and speak. When you do, you are also honouring God. You see, God is our Heavenly Father and He loves us even more than our earthly parents, so much that He died for our sins in our place. The parents we have are ultimately pointing back to our Heavenly Father. They replicate the love and care He has for us here on earth. Just like our earthly parents, if we choose to run away and live life our own way, He is saddened because He died to end the separation between us and God. He always is waiting for us to come back home to Him.
It is important that we never take our parents for granted, yet it is so easy to do. We forget all they do for us and how much they love us. I know that Gad and I are nowhere near perfect children. We need God to help us grow in respect and obedience towards our parents. No, this isn’t always easy especially when they tell us to do something we don’t want to and when their plans don’t like up with ours, but they know best. They love us and cherish us.
May we live in obedience to God through honouring our parents. They are a special gift from God in the same way we as children are a gift to them. Tell your parents you love them and seek to honour and obey them, not just because God says you have to, but because you want to.
The Faith Filled Friends