Children Honour and Obey Your Parents

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Children Honour and Obey Your Parents
Everyone born into this world is born of a mother and a father. This is so regardless of whether the conception of the child was due to mutual consent, mistake, out of wedlock, rape or artificial insemination. Even if the conception was done improperly, it still gives out a complete child. And it is important to note that even if the process that brought you into your earthly existence is devoid of godliness, it does not make you less of a human being. You are born with an image of God; and God still loves you and has a good plan for you.

But as you grow up, and begin to learn about your parents’ mistakes; you could be tempted to talk ill about them. This works against your prosperity; and is counterproductive to your earthly endeavours.

Children Honour and Obey Your Parents

The Bible gives us two clear instructions about our parents:

1. Honour Your Parents:
Exodus 20:12 – “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you”. This instruction did not specify about honouring ‘good parents’ only. It is all-inclusive. Whether you perceive your parents to be failures, morally bankrupt, segregative or irresponsible; that is devoid of the instruction. Your role is to honour them so that ‘your days may be long upon the land’. Therefore, in principle, the length of your life on earth is predictive: as long as you honour your parents; you will live long!

2. Obey Your Parents:
Ephesians 6:1 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right”. It is another instruction given to children through the Apostle Paul. Of course, your parents may sometimes tell you to do things that are evil and unacceptable in the eyes of God; those ones you cannot do. Reject them with honour and dignity on their part. Express your reservations with clear explanations why you cannot do that.  For instance; you cannot obey a parental instruction which asks you to kill your uncle or steal from your neighbour. But with all factors pointing to the right direction, you got to obey the instructions of your parents.

Children Honour and Obey Your Parents

The Cries of a Genuine Parent
Proverbs 1:8 – “My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother”.

Proverbs 23:22 – “Listen to your father who begot you; and do not despise your mother when she is old”.

Genuine parents will always love and embrace their children. They have lost so much peace, joy, beauty and resources in order to build a better tomorrow for their children. They might not be pleasant to look at, but that scruffy outlook is testimony to the battles they have fought in order to make ends meet for their families. The least we can do is honour, obey and respect them.

From today, if you had not been a good child, sit down to think about it! Come on; let’s show our parents some love!

Tapiwa Zuze
                                                              
Children Honour and Obey Your Parents

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