Saturday, March 28, 2020

Honor Your Father and Mother

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Ephesians 6:2-3 (KJV)  ‘‘Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise). That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.’’

The following conversation ensued between Ayo and her friend Joy:
Ayo: My network is bad, please can I borrow your wifi?
Joy: What do you need the internet for so urgently?
Ayo: I need to send some money to my parents
Joy; Oh, Okay O.
Ayo: Hope you’ll send something to your Mum too?
Joy: No, I won’t.  She’s not born again and I don’t want to be involved with her.
Ayo: Ah! She’s your mother! Remember she’s a widow and you’re her only child.
Joy: So? see, I don’t know what she'll do with the money, she often visits witch doctors.
Ayo: You can call her at least and send her some foodstuff and groceries.
Joy: I can’t Ayo, don’t you get it? I'm in the light and she’s in darkness, we don’t have anything in common.

Ayo tried to convince Joy but couldn't.  Even when she told Joy that honoring her mother is a command from God, joy would not budge. Joy was a regular victim of demonic attacks because her life was ruled by fear and not by God's word. A true believer who walks in the light[of God's word cannot walk in any bondage.

Just like Joy, so many are violating the Lord's commandment today and wouldn't take care of their parents. They do this claiming that darkness and light have nothing in common. Note however that the Scripture didn’t say "obey your unbelieving parents, instead, it says, "honor [them]". One of the ways to communicate honor is by giving your substance (Proverbs 3:9). Even when your parents are rich and do not need you to take care of them, it is still required that you honor them (give them a regular honorarium) because they are your parents.

Go into today knowing that if you don’t honor your parents, you’re disobeying God (Leviticus 19:21). Read Exodus 20:12. Obeying this commandment of God comes with a promise of blessings(see Ephesians 6:2-3).

Prayer: Ask God to forgive you if you have not honored your parents in the past. Make amends and begin to walk in the light of God's word and glory.

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