The Commandment With a PromiseMay 12, 2020 Save Article
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
If you claim to be a Christian but dishonor your parents, all you’ve got is a form of godliness—you don’t have the real thing. Faith begins at home. If you can live for Jesus at home, you can live for Jesus anywhere. If you can’t live for Jesus at home, it doesn’t really matter where else you try to live for Jesus.
God gave Ten Commandments, but the fifth, “Honor your father and mother,” is the one with a promise: “that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.” Before God tells us don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, He tells us to honor father and mother.
I believe the respect and obedience a child shows his parents is a strong indication of how that child will turn out. Dwight L. Moody said, “I’ve lived 60 years, and I’ve learned one thing if I’ve learned nothing else: No man or woman who dishonors father or mother ever prospers.” Be faithful in teaching your children this truth of life.
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