Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 14th, 2021
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Ephesians 6:1-3 (NKJV)
This is the second pandemic for Janet Luscombe, who was born before the sinking of the Titanic, lived through two world wars and 110 years of technology advances ranging from candlestick telephones to Facebook. Luscombe, who is one of the top 10-15 oldest people in Canada, was born into the Downton family in 1910. In 1949, the year of Newfoundland’s Confederation with Canada, she left Grand Falls with her husband and young family, as the couple sought work in Ontario.
The God of the Bible is the Creator of all life, and so it shouldn’t surprise us that Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and life to the fullest.” When we receive Jesus Christ, we are spiritually brought from death to life. This is the greatest news of all but there is more. The life that Jesus offers is the most abundant and fulfilling. We see this in the commandment given by God to Moses when He promises that those who honour their parents will enjoy a long life. Paul adds to that in Ephesians 6:1-3: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” I love the little phrase that Paul adds here. We often focus on the living long part. But he also promises that “it may be well with you.” When we honour our parents – Paul describes it here as obeying – we avoid the bad decisions that can so easily trip us up in life. How much better to obey so that things will be well with us.
These have been words from the heart.