Honoring Our Parents Pleases the Lord

Honoring Our Parents Pleases the Lord - Ephesians 6:2
We just celebrated Mother's Day and next month we'll celebrate Father's Day. It's a good time to study our relationship and responsibilities toward parents.

Christians stress godly parenting.

But when was the last time you heard an adult lesson on honoring parents?(1)

God included it in His 10 Commandments, and He lists disrespect for parents in several lists of wicked attitudes (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 1:28-32).

Yet many Christians prefer the world's "fifth commandment" which goes something like this: "Parents, honor your adult children. Have no expectations. Give them what they ask. Keep your advice to yourself. Then it might go well with you."

There's an alarming trend in our world of adult children neglecting, rejecting, blaming, and estranging parents, even using grandchildren as pawns to punish or manipulate their parents.

Jesus says we can't honor Him if we're dishonoring our parents (See Matthew 15:3-9).

The two are related.

If we're treating our parents with less respect than our friends, we aren't listening to Scripture.

When we honor our parents, we honor God. When we dishonor our parents, we dishonor God (Ephesians 6:2; Exodus 20).

(1) Often Mother's and Father's Day sermons stress a mother's and father's responsibilities more than on our need to honor mothers and fathers.
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Honoring Our Parents Pleases the Lord - Ephesians 6:2


  1. How do you honor your parents if they don't want you around?

    1. Dear Unknown, I'm sorry that your parents don't want you around. That must be very hard.

      I encourage you to ask God how you can honor them in other ways. Perhaps as you continue to forgive them and honor them, they will change. Whether they do or not, you will be rewarded by the Lord. It's a promise that's attached to this command.


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