“Honor your father and your mother…” – Exodus 20:12
One of the more important commandments of God is to “Honor thy father and mother.” It is lived out in three 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, and children honor their parents through obedience.
- The second phase begins when the children become young adults. They aren’t as 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 children become parents to their parents.
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.