1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1–3, NKJV)
God knows the importance of children obeying their parents. When God spoke the Ten Commandments to Israel from Mt. Sinai, He made honoring their parents the condition upon which He would bless them with long life in the promised land (Exo. 20:12). The home is the training ground for honoring and obeying God Himself. Obeying parents develops moral accountability in children, preparing them to also honor and obey God. Disrespectful, disobedient children grow up to disrespect and disobey the heavenly Father (Rom. 1:28, 30; 2 Tim. 3:1-4). While the obedient child obtains blessings from God and men, the rebellious child equips himself for a painful life and eternal sorrow. “My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother” (Prov. 6:20).
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him. 25 Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.” (Proverbs 23:24–25, NKJV)
A godly mother is a great blessing to her children. She guides her household in the path of righteousness with loving wisdom and enduring patience. She rejoices to see her children walk uprightly, doing the will of God. Her heart aches when those she bore refuse her guidance, ignoring the right ways of the Lord. Today is Mother’s Day, and mothers across the land will be honored by their children. The wise child honors mother every day through kind words, generous deeds, and righteous obedience to the will of God. That is the best Mother’s Day gift the godly mother will ever receive from her children. Honor your mother this day by giving her these reasons to rejoice and be glad.
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” 41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” (Luke 7:40–43, NKJV)
The debt of sin is owed by all, since “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23). Yet, all do not feel the burden of their debt and fail to honor Jesus Christ – the only one through whom God forgives sins (Rom. 3:24; Acts 4:12). Failing to do so, their sin remains. Every sinner must love and honor Jesus to be forgiven. If you have unforgiven sin, then put your faith in Jesus, bow before Him and in love obey His will. He commands everyone lost in sins to believe His gospel, confess faith in Him, repent of sins and be baptized to be forgiven (Rom. 10:9-10; Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:37-38). Your sin remains unless you have loving, obedient faith. Knowing the debt of sin compels those of faith to come to Jesus for His forgiveness on His terms.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 23 And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:21–24, NKJV)
God created woman to complete man; without Eve, Adam had no comparable companion (see Genesis 2:18-20). The wisdom of God is on full display as He fashioned Eve from Adam’s rib. They are now inseparable; one flesh. This informs us of the relationship between the husband and the wife. No longer separate, in marriage they are “one flesh”, united in both body and soul. This God-formed and lifelong union of husband and wife in marriage is the cohesive bond of the family and of society itself. Whenever marriage is redefined and replaced by the will of human beings, society’s building block, the family, is undermined and destroyed. No society can long endure that thumbs its nose at marriage as God has designed it and defined it in His word. Honor marriage; not the sinful imitations of the real thing (read Hebrews 13:4).
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4)
Marriage is greatly dishonored when people live together without marriage, by same sex marriage and by unscriptural remarriage. Nevertheless, God commands that we hold marriage in honor. It is not biblical to conclude that every marriage is approved by God. John was killed after he told Herod it was “not lawful” to have his brother Philip’s wife, “for he had married her” (Mark 6:17-18). Herod was in a marriage, but it was not sanctioned by God. It was not honorable; it was sinful. Are you in an honorable, God-approved marriage? The Bible tells you. Jesus said marriage is for life; God joins the man and woman together (Matt. 19:4-5; Rom. 7:2). “Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matt. 19:6, 4-5). Jesus said putting away one’s spouse for the cause of fornication is the reason for which one may end marriage and honorably marry another (Matt. 19:9). All other reasons for ending a marriage are sin and adultery is committed in remarriage (Matt. 19:9; 5:32; Rom. 7:3). Sexual immorality defiles the honorable marriage bed. God will punish all who do.
The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness. (Proverbs 16:31)
The aged man or woman ought to be shown respect. Too often the elderly are forgotten by family and friends too busy to be bothered. How sad, both for the aged as well as those who carelessly dispose of them. (Remember, if you are blessed with a long life you will be the aged person one day. How will you want to be treated then?) Nevertheless, the aged are held to account by God. Being elderly does not give one the right to be cranky, unkind and mean-spirited. The honor of old age is observed in the righteous example that is consistently lived in spite of the constant realities of life’s last days. If you are young, show respect to the elderly. If you are aged, remember that your example of righteousness benefits many others, bringing glory to you and to your God.
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)
Husbands, the Lord is speaking to us! What He says here ought to grab our attention! It is so important to God that we husbands live with our wives in an understand and honorable way, that if we fail to do so, He will not receive our prayers. Our spiritual life is hindered – we sin – when we mistreat our wives by not learning to understand her. Respect your wife by giving your time and attention to improving your relationship with her. Listen to her and really communicate with her about your life together. She wants to share her life with you. That is what God wants for you both. After all, isn’t that what you wanted when you said, “I do”? It takes hard work, but she is worth it. And what’s more, your soul (and hers) is worth it.