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Cherishing Our Parents [podcast]

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12

“Love this! Very grateful the Lord has given me time with my mother in her last years. He has bestowed me with love for her. And I know only comes from Him. It is an honor to help her and do for her as she did for me! Exodus 20:12.” Karen

“Being broken to the core has been a continuous prayer for me. Otherwise my stone heart will hurt someone else that does not deserve to be hurt. Jesus had shown me my resentment against my parents. As I went to their grave, Jesus begin to say, ‘If they hadn’t taken you to Jesus at an early age, you wouldn’t be where you are now.’ I felt all the bitterness, anger, and hatred leave. How gracious is our Savior!” Thomas Cochran

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:1-4

***Luke 9:59-60 – Remember that GOD comes before all, even our parents.

To honor simply means to highly esteem.

John Wesley notes:

“Honour thy father and mother – Which implies all such relief as they stand in need of. Exo 20:12; Exo 21:17.”

Does the Bible say “Honor your parents but only if they’re perfect”? No! And thank God because none of us are perfect parents, right?

Also, God’s Word does say you have to agree with your parents in order to honor them. We honor our parents in spite of our disagreements.

God has a plan and it’s the only perfect plan! If you follow it, your life will be blessed.

“He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.” Proverbs 19:26 

Does it seem like it’s easier for some children to honor their parents? Does their relationship with their parents seem more fluent? At least in some cases, could it be due to the graciousness that the parents fostered in their children? Genuine love governing and fostering a sincere relationship.

1 Timothy 5:4  But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 

Greek word for “requite”

From G575 and G1325; to give away, that is, up, over, back, etc. (in various applications): – deliver (again), give (again), (re-) pay (-ment be made), perform, recompense, render, requite, restore, reward, sell, yield,

“Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.” Proverbs 20:20

“There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.” Proverbs 30:11   

“The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.” Proverbs 30:17

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