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Verses 1-3: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’”

Recently, when coming home late from work, I came to the aid of a stranger and his mother; they were having engine trouble at the gas station I had stopped at. In the midst of the conversation, the stranger asked me if I’d ever been mad at my mother. I nodded (what child hasn’t been mad with their parents at one time or another?). Well, he confessed he was mad with his mother, who had forgotten his wallet when she came to pick him up at work, and said half-jokingly, “I ought to take a belt to her”. This took me aback for a minute, and I wish now I had said more in response. No matter how mad my parents may make or have made me, I would never entertain the thought of striking them.

As Paul reminds the Ephesians here, this is the first commandment with a promise. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that if husbands and wives did what they were supposed to do according the The Word, then divorce lawyers would have nothing to do. Likewise, if children obeyed their parents more, and if parents acted like parents should (teaching, nurturing, disciplining, all in love), then juvenile court systems wouldn’t be so busy.

Something to think about today.

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verse 20: “He who curses his father or his mother; His lamp will go out in time of darkness.”

What is wrong with the family in today’s world?

I’m not here to address every single definition (by the world anyway) of the word “family”, except to say this: If parents did as God instructed us to do, and if children did as God instructed us to do, I truly believe we’d have less problems. Sure, growing up, there were times I disagreed or was mad with my father or my mother…but I never ever considered cursing them. In Exodus 21:17, the reference to “lamp” was one’s life! My wife reminded me, in the last days, according to 2 Timothy 3:2, that “men will be…disobedient to parents”.
There are times as we go down life’s road that we’ll be glad to have parents, who have been there before us. They are to be treated with honor and respect.

God considered this so important, our relationship to our parents, that He reserved one of the commandments just for this: see Exodus 20:12.

Something to think about.

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