Last updated on June 27, 2019.
Honor Your Father and Mother (A Timely Warning to the Young Generation)
An unedited summary of a message delivered by the blog author a few years back at a special gathering of Christian friends. The theme of the message is still relevant thus this updated post.
In Japan, a company is offering actors to play the part of family members. The actors will visit elderly father and mother as surrogates for the real family members.
In Oakland, California, 62-year old man who could neither walk nor talk was found abandoned on a flight. A note was pinned to his clothing saying he needed medical attention. What shocking acts the people play.
You may say, these are cases from other countries. How can you connect with this to our context?
Yes, true, but dear friends, We Indians too are not less in disrespecting our father and mother.
Though our tradition and culture give high value and respect to our parents’ many disgusting news are appearing in our daily newspapers and visual media.
A recent news item I read in a local newspaper is rather upsetting.
In our city (Hyderabad) a news headline read like this “Grandchildren dumped their grandparents into the dustbin”.
What shocking news it is!
This is what is happening in our own cities.
Ones the children are able to stand alone on their feet they simply forget about the past, how their parents brought them up to such level, how much hardships they underwent to bring them up they never think. How sad.
Let us look into the Holy Scripture what it says on this subject of respecting father and mother.
The Scripture is very clear on this subject. This type of disregard for parents is contrary to God’s instructions. Christians should respect their father and mother.
The word of God very clearly instructs this. In the second book of the Bible Exodus chapter 20 verse 12 we read:
“Honor your father and your mother that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you”
In this particular command, there is a special thing to note.
There is a slight difference here from all the other commandments.
Yes if you notice we can find a great promise given along with this commandment.
God has given a promise attached to this.
If you do or obey this command along with it you get a blessing.
Notice the end portion of the verse. Your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
It’s a good thing to have a long life. Why God has promised this to us those who Honor and love their father and mother.
Is it to just to live a life as we like?
No, but to live a life which is pleasing to Him our Lord.
Let us examine ourselves; Are we living a life which is pleasing to our Savior? Or are we living a life just as we like?Honor your father and your mother that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you Click To Tweet
No doubt we are all living in a very busy world.
Our lives become so crowded with so many activities.
O my God! So many things to do at home connected with self and children and sometimes connected with relatives, friends, and neighbors, in school, in church, and in so many other areas.
Yes, we are all busy people committed or connected to many activities.
But dear friends, one thing you and I must remember: Do not forget that the one who gave you life may now require your attention as well.
Please check to see if they have needs; that is going unmet; if they live nearby invite them to your home.
Take some time to show your love to them by talking to them or by spending time with them.
If they are staying away from you talk to them over the phone as often as possible.
Let them speak as much as they want.
Dear friends their life may not be long now on this earth, but God the Almighty promises that your days will be long upon the land if you honor your father and mother.
Don’t allow this treasure to pass by your life by just neglecting it.
The day-to-day incidents say that we are living in the last days.
The Bible very clearly says this, in II Timothy chapter 3 and verses 1 and 2.
“But realize this that in the last days difficult times will come. Verse 2 for men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful unholy… There is a big list follows.
Please notice the last portion of verse 2. Disobedient to parents. This is the nature of today’s world.
The somewhat similar portion we can read it in the book of Romans chapter 1:30 notice the last portion of verse 30 they are disobedient to parents.
Of course, it is talking to the Romans, they know very well about the ordinance of God that those who practice such evil things are worthy of death.
But they still do the same thing by themselves, not only that they approve others who practice it.
Dear friends, from these New Testament portions it is very clear that disobedient to father and mother is not a simple thing to neglect but notice it says, “they are worthy of death.”
Obey your parents is our Lord’s commandment to us.
We have to obey. Some may think that these are for the Old Treatment believers and it is not applicable to the present generation.
No, this is not true.
The Bible is God’s word, our Creator’s Word or Instructions to us.
It is for all of us to obey.
If we obey his commandments or his instructions we have life, Life eternal.
Solomon the wise, the wisest man ever lived on this earth says: “A wise son makes a father glad. But a foolish son is a grief to his mother. Proverbs 10: 1-2…
Let us be wise enough to respect and honor our father and mother that will be a blessing to us as well as it pleases our Father in Heaven.
May God help us to follow His Commandments in our daily life.
Some of the points in this text are borrowed from the sermon of Radio speaker and former Director of Back to the Bible Dr. Woodrow Kroll.
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