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Honoring Mom and Dad
by Rev. Brian Mathis
11/19/11
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12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12 (ESV)
3 Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? 4 For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ 5 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’6 In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents. And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition.
Matthew 15:3-6 (NLT)
2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise:3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
Ephesians 6:2-4 (NLT)

Good morning I hope everyone is having a blessed day in the Lord. I am working my way through the Ten Commandments if you are reading this every day. You see every commandment we have in the Old Testament; Jesus taught on or one of the apostles reiterated that it was still important even after we accepted Christ as our savior. You see there is no part of the bible that is not applicable to today’s world.
You see when we fail to care for those who cared for us we are living a life in sin. I know it can be hard to see those we love when they are not the outgoing energetic people we remember yet God honors those who care for and love their parents. Now I understand we all don’t have the best relationship with our parents and often they can be strained or nonexistent but we serve a forgiving God. He is willing and able to mend those hearts and allow for healing to flow. We as Christ followers need to remember, love and care for those who God has given us as family. My dad always told me you can pick your friends but God gives you your family. He has a plan for you and them even when we may not get along he has placed us there for a purpose. Take time today to review your relationship with your Father and Mother are there areas that you need to improve on. Parents are there areas you could improve the relationship with your children the Apostle Paul instructed in Ephesians for parents not to provoke their children. Are you asking more out of your child than is realistic? Young people are you selling yourselves short of what God has created you for? Together we can all reach the life God has planned for us. Start by asking for forgiveness and start new today. God has promised to provide a blessed life for those who honor their parents. Don’t you desire to live under a blessing? I know I sure do God knows the heart of every man women and child He has called us to live life in a certain way when we are living in obedience to His Word He blesses us when we fail to do it there is a heavy price to pay. Have a blessed day and let God’s light shine on you today.


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