Words from the Heart for Thursday November 8th, 2018
“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
Ephesians 6:2-3 (NLT)
Honour Your Father and Your Mother
Walking in the ways of the Lord brings great reward to us. Honouring our father and mother was actually the first among the ten major commandments of the Lord that carried a promise. At every season of our lives we will honour the Lord by honouring our parents. And, our Heavenly Father will fulfill His promise to us.
Charles Tupper, one of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation, worked as a doctor prior to becoming a politician, and occasionally performed medical work after joining the government. He was known for keeping a medical bag under his seat in the House of Commons. Tupper was the Canadian Medical Association’s first president, and he also served as Canada’s sixth prime minister — for exactly 69 days — in 1896. He is the current record holder for shortest-serving prime minister in Canadian history.
One of the most memorable lines in TV sitcom history was when a dad said to his disobedient son “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it!” That, of course, is not true. Not, at least, without some serious consequences. But the Bible does make an interesting observation about what happens when we honour our parents. Ephesians 6:2-3 says, “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” God blesses those who respect and honour their parents. There are no perfect parents, and the Bible verse doesn’t give us an out if they are far from perfect. It doesn’t call us to always agree with them, or to support them when they are making ungodly decisions. But they brought us into this world, and God promises that if we honour them, He will bless us with long life.
These have been words from the heart.