Honour Your Parents

‘Honour your father and mother.’ Exodus 20:12 NLT

It’s quite true that parents can be old-fashioned, outdated, prehistoric dinosaurs and all of that. Dad might actually have been born wearing sandals with mismatched socks. And Mum—yes, just possibly—she might have come into this world with a tea-towel in hand, complaining about the state of the kitchen.

Despite the fact they’ve probably driven you crazy nagging you about tidying your bedroom to the point you never want them to open their mouths ever again, we’re told to respect them.

The Bible doesn’t say you have a right to demand a weekly allowance. Nor is there a verse in the book of Exodus which says, ‘Honour thy mother as a free taxi service and honour thy father because he is thy overdraft on thy bank account.’ In fact Scripture takes respecting your parents very seriously (even if you disagree with them).

Sure, there’ll be times when you want to tell them: ‘You’re fired as my parents!’ But, until you step into their shoes, you won’t have any idea how tough the job is.

Think about it: Mums know all about dental appointments and football matches after school; they make the meals that barely touch the sides of your mouth; they remove the gravy stains from your school uniform, they de-odour your underwear (and let’s face it, guys—that alone deserves some sort of medal for bravery).

So, today—because it’s Mother’s Day and a perfect opportunity for showing appreciation—how about taking the initiative for a change? Respect your parents by doing something for them without expecting anything back.

SoulFood: Matt 5:10, 1 Thes 2:13–3:5, 1 Cor 4:11–13, Rev 6:9–11

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020

Today’s Readings

Matthew 5:10 ()

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10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:1 ()

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5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

1 Thessalonians 2:13–3:5 ()

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13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!

17 But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

3:1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.

1 Thessalonians 3:1 ()

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3:1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone,

1 Corinthians 4:11–13 ()

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11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

Revelation 6:9–11 ()

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When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

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