How You Treat Your Parents Matters
Honor your father and mother. Matthew 19:19.
Hang on just a second before you get excited and think to yourself, “aha! A verse my kids definitely need to hear!”
No, Mom and Dad, this verse is not only for your kids, it’s for YOU.
You see, Matthew 19:19 doesn’t put an age limit on the whole honoring your father and mother command. So even if you are parents yourselves, and your parents are old and perhaps difficult, and you don’t agree with them on a lot of things any more, you are still supposed to honor them.
Honoring them doesn’t mean you subscribe to their philosophy of life or enable them if they behave badly. It just means that you choose to love and forgive them, listen to them, treat them with respect–in other words, treat them the way you want your kids to treat YOU.
Now, before you give me some excuse about how bad your mom or dad is, or how I couldn’t possibly understand, I have to tell you that my father-in-law is the most miserable, critical man I’ve ever met. A 12-hour childbirth labor is more appealing than being around him.
But God says to honor, and even though he’s not my dad, he’s my husband’s dad so I’m in this with him. I must choose to honor him because I certainly don’t want to!
The shoe is definitely on the other foot here. The bottom line is this: if you want your kids to honor you, then set the example in how you treat your parents.
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