Commandment With A Promise

What does honor mean to you? Do you honor others? Do you only honor those who are in high-ranking positions? Does someone need to do something special for you to honor them? Do you honor your parents?

To honor someone else is to treat them with high respect. It does not mean we falsely put them on a pedestal, but we do give them a high level of respect for who they are. Some may say we should honor everyone. We should certainly treat everyone with respect.

Honor also means holding someone in high esteem. In other words, even though we do not put them on a pedestal, we grant them higher respect than everyone else. We put more credence in their advice than others. We listen patiently, even if we have heard the story multiple times.

If we take a few moments to look at the ten commandments, honoring our parents is the only commandment that comes with a promise. That is just how important honoring our parents is to God. Holding our parents in high esteem, treating them with high respect does not mean we must always agree with them. It does mean we do speak to them in respectful tones. When we disagree, we speak calmly and rationally. We do not raise our voice to our parents.

Notice the promise is so that it will go well with us. If we want to live a life of joy, we are to honor our parents. We may still hit rough patches, but we do not have that nagging guilt of disrespecting our parents. We might say that by treating everyone with respect our lives increase in joy and are less stressful.

I pray we all honor our parents. I pray we view them with high esteem. I pray we treat our parents with a high level of respect and find that we have more enjoyment in life. Honor your parents. Treat them with respect. Hold them in high esteem. Reap the reward. Obey God.

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 a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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