Deuteronomy 5:16; Ephesians 6:1-4 Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you...
Both of our passages today give us the command to "Honor your father and mother." Now when I was younger and still lived under my parents' roof, in my mind honoring my dad and mom basically meant obeying them. As I got older, got married and moved out, there was still that obey element, but I started to realize that honoring went deeper and included things like respecting what I had been taught even though I was no longer under their direct authority, and seeking out their instruction and input in life decisions. My dad and mom have both been gone for a number of years now. I miss them a lot. But even though I'm no longer able to talk with them, what they taught me continues to influence my decisions and actions, and as a result, I can still honor them. I love that.
So what has honoring your father and mother looked like in your life? Based on our passages today, how important do you think this is to God? Tami
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