Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “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.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Let’s talk about love. Isn’t that the underlying factor of why we do all we do? Whether it’s your love for your parents, children, spouses, friends, extended family, church family, or God, you show up and are there for them because you love each of them.
Why would God include a special section in Ephesians talking about children honoring and obeying their parents? Maybe you don’t have an earthly mom or dad. Perhaps you think these verses don’t apply to you. We are going to change that narrative.
Let’s substitute father and mother with anyone who has raised you, cared for you, and shown you love. Can you see them in your mind? Do you have a visual of the one, two, three, ten people who have been there to love and support you in all that you do?
It is a blessing that we are able to honor and obey (respect) those individuals who are there for us. We honor them in the same way that we honor God. We go above and beyond for those who care for us and love us because that’s what God did for us.
In Ephesians 6:4, Paul commands fathers to raise their children in the Lord. Fathers do this by being patient, loving, and by showing what it means to be a strong Christian. God is our first father. Earthly fathers are to pattern their attitudes and lifestyles after him. They are to show love in all things. Even when reprimanding and guiding their children, fathers are to show the love of our heavenly Father.
God is our eternal Father. He is the role model for earthly fathers. He (Jesus) only had minimal time on earth to train his disciples to be teachers after him. He left his commands for children and fathers. He wants us to remember that we show his love to others every time we show love to our mothers, fathers, anyone who has cared for us and raised us.
Thanks be to God that we have His instructions on how to love, honor, and raise those God has given us.
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Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ, our head and cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord and precious,
Binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion’s help forever
And our confidence alone.
Dear God, Please help me to show your love to those around me by honoring and obeying all of those who care about me and for me. Help fathers to show their love to their children by following in your footsteps. Thank you for giving us your Word to guide us. In Jesus we pray, Amen.
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