Deuteronomy 5:16 (AMP)
“Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that your days [on the earth] may be prolonged and so that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”
God designed the family to be a place where children learn how to live, and where they experience the love of a father. My own father was an outstanding man. He loved God and he treated people right. He and my mom modeled godly lives, love, and a healthy marriage. That made it easy for me and my brothers to trust God. It was one of the greatest gifts they gave us.
When families don’t function well, dishonor and destruction can take hold. What if parents don’t care for children? What if the home is filled with shame and bitterness? God’s command to honor still stands, and so does His promise. Whenever we choose honor, even in response to adversity, there is a life-giving, restorative power at work. The honor we give is always received by God.
We were meant to have life-giving relationships where everyone is cared for. Parents care for children in the early years, and children care for parents later on. Parents are to instruct and discipline their children to show them how to live. They are to protect them and nurture them. This early investment helps to build a strong foundation for self-control, dealing with authority outside the home, instills values, and promotes resilience and faith. The home is intended as the place where we learn to live.
Parents, give your children this great gift. Show them the Father’s love.
Children (of every age), honor your father and mother. The practice of discipline and honor will prepare you to overcome life traps set by your enemy.
Older children, care for your father and mother. Treat them the way you want to be treated as you become older. Remember, whatever you do is what your own children will see as their example.
As Craig Groeschel says, “Treat honor like it’s the most renewable resource on the planet.”
~ Kay Helm