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What’s in a Commandment? #5 Honor your Parents

Wrapping up the first four commandments, we now head into laws that deal with interpersonal relationships or, more simply, our relationships with others.  Note that 1-4 dealt with our relationship with God directly.

5. Honor your father and your mother

Seems easy enough, right?  Well, let’s just say that as a child this one is probably one of the first non God related commandments that we all broke.  If it wasn’t this one, it was #9, but we’ll get to that later.

This commandment can be tough.  What if your parents were deadbeats?  What if they abused you?  What if you simply don’t like them?  The simple answer is that you are still supposed to honor them.  The complex response includes the need to heal, as well as the need to try and recall anything good from the relationship.  If you are adopted or have grown up with no parental figure, this commandment can be difficult.  Maybe it’s the memory or the “spirit” of your parents you are to honor.

Here’s a good book, especially for those who have had strained parental relationships.

The Best Gift You Can Ever Give Your Parents by Dennis Rainey.

Personally, I’ve found it to be a good thing…honoring my parents that is.  I can be very self-centered, and as I’ve aged, as I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve been challenged in how I interact with my parents.  Through my church I completed a wonderful personal tool called a Personal Life & Growth Plan that truly helped me to prioritize my life.  I hope many people have been positively affected by how God used this plan, His plan, in my life.  How can God use you in honoring your parents or the memory of your parents?


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