“Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee,” – Deuteronomy 5:16
No commandment of God is more important than “Honor thy father and mother.” It is a commandment that seems to be often overlooked in today’s society. It is lived out in 3 phases of the parent-child relationship.
When a child is growing up in the home, he is called to obey. Parents have to teach their children to obey, but children remember, you honor your parents through obedience.
The second phase begins when the child becomes a young adult. They are no longer dependent on their parents and they are no longer called to obey but to respect their parents. This is usually the longest phase.
The third phase of honoring parents is caring for them in their old age when they are no longer able to care for themselves. This is a tough transition when the child often becomes a parent to their parent.
Obedience, respect and care—the three stages of honoring Mom and Dad. The welfare of the family is dependent on us obeying God’s command.