Wednesday, July 23
Posted: Wednesday, July 23
2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19
Verse of the day:
Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace. (Proverbs 19:26)
Have you ever been out in public and seen a child acting up? A popular place to see this is in a store by the toy aisle. The child is screaming and throwing a tantrum because their parent won’t buy them what they want. Or another common scenario is the teen that gets grounded (or worse yet their phone taken away) and starts yelling that they hate their parents. When you see scenarios like that (especially in public) it is super embarrassing for the parent and like Solomon says that child is acting like a public disgrace!
As we get older hopefully we aren’t still throwing tantrums are yelling immature insults at our parents! However we can still be found guilty of dishonoring our parents and mistreating them. Exodus 20:12 says, “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” There is no prerequisite in this verse that you have to have perfect parents in order to honor them. There are no loop holes to get out of giving them honor- it’s a command that we ALL must honor our parents!
As adults we can show them honor by choosing to place great value on our relationship with them. It involves choosing to take steps toward improving the relationship regardless of what condition it may currently be in. We can acknowledge and appreciate the things that they have done right as parents. We can thank them for the sacrifices that they made for us. Some of us have great relationships with our parents but some don’t for various reasons. With God’s help though even in the toughest parent/child relationship we can still show honor. Ask God for help and to show you how He sees them. Ask Him for love, compassion, and for wisdom on how you can fulfill His command to show honor to your parents.
Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor