“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 NKJV
GIVING HONOR WHERE IT IS DUE HAS TREMENDOUS POWER.
“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:7 NIV
· HONOR RELEASES GOD’S FAVOR INTO OUR LIVES.
““Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”” Ephesians 6:2-3 NIV
· HONOR HELPS RELEASE PEOPLE’S POTENTIAL.
“Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.” Mark 6:4-5 NIV
6 WAYS TO HONOR YOUR MOTHER (AND FATHER)
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 ESV
1) FORGIVE THEM.
“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do…” Luke 23:34a NKJV
2) SPEAK WELL OF THEM.
“Anyone who hits his father or his mother must be put to death.” Exodus 21:15 NCV
“Anyone who says cruel things to his father or mother must be put to death.” Exodus 21:17 NCV
3) ESTEEM THEM BOTH PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY.
“So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 MSG
4) SEEK THEIR WISDOM.
“Young people take pride in their strength, but the gray hairs of wisdom are even more beautiful.” Proverbs 20:29 CEV
“Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.” Job 12:12 NLT
5) SPEND TIME WITH THEM.
“Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.” Psalm 71:9 ESV
6) PROVIDE FOR THEM.
“But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.” 1 Timothy 5:4 NLT