V – Honor Thy Father And Thy Mother

Ever since the 10 commandments of the Bible were given to the children of Israel, and to us, their impact and importance have always been underestimated. This is especially true with the Fifth Commandment:

“Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother.”
Exodus 20:12

This is a commandment, not a suggestion.

“But, wait a minute,” you may say, “I do not get along with my mom.”
Still:  “Honor thy father and thy mother.”

“But, my dad is an alcoholic and talks mean to me.”
Still:  “Honor thy father and thy mother.”

“But, I just ran away from home. My home life is so dysfunctional.”
Still:  “Honor thy father and thy mother.”

As many of you know, Jesus Christ expanded the 10 commandments telling us that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, which includes our enemies. This is especially true regarding our parents. He never told us to treat them with disdain. Love is the key here. Honoring your parents is the Godly thing to do. Yet, many of you have a wall of disagreement with a parent that has separated you from him for years. Try to resolve your differences, now.

To some of you, any attempt toward reconciliation will seem an impossible task. You may, for example, have a father who has been abusive emotionally and physically towards you. He may have done hideous things against you –  making you feel humiliated and angry. If you are a Christian who has this type of parent, pray for him. He needs a Savior, Jesus Christ, to free him from his demons haunting his life. This may be a reason why you were born and called.  Acknowledge him on his birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions important to him. Let God help heal the wounds. Do not quit on your parent or on God. God the Father and the Holy Spirit are behind you. Let Jesus Christ witness to your parent through you. If you are not a Christian, give God a chance to help you. You may not believe this now, but God does understand your situation.

So, to all of you sons and daughters out there, do not neglect or procrastinate on this matter. When you disagree with your parents on something, agree to disagree. Close the generation gap. Come to terms with your parents. Tell them, now, how you feel and that you want to make amends for any hurts said or committed – no matter what. You just may discover that they do love you but just do not know how to express it.

If you have been getting along well with your parents, great, just don’t neglect telling them you love them. Appreciate them always. Continue passing along that blessing of love and open communication, by your example, to all the members of your family – young and old.

“Honor your father and your mother.”

The Living Years
– sung by Mike and the Mechanics

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I’m a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I’m a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got

You say you just don’t see it
He says it’s perfect sense
You just can’t get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defense

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It’s the bitterness that lasts

So don’t yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different date
And if you don’t give up, and don’t give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

I wasn’t there that morning
When my father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I’m sure I heard his echo
In my baby’s new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

 

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