Honour Your Parents
23rd DECEMBER 2021
“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.” [Ephesians 6:2-3 NKJV]
As a child, I believed I had the best mum ever. She could do no wrong in my eyes because to me, she was pretty much a saint. Sadly, I can’t say the same for my dad because I didn’t see much of him. It is easy to think that because my dad was not around, he is undeserving of honour and for a long time I did, however, there is no caveat for honouring our parents.
Our opening verse does not say, honour the parent that took care of you, the parent that did right by you or the parent that you like. It just says to honour your father and mother and so regardless of who they are or what they’ve done, you must honour them.
In Genesis 9:21 we read of an instance where Noah drinks some wine and becomes drunk to the point of nakedness. As he lay in his tent, one of his sons, Ham, walks in on him and goes to tell his brothers Shem and Japheth, who then come and cover him up. Although getting drunk is far from honourable, it was no leeway for Ham to make fun of his father, hence the consequence of being cursed.
If we ever become privy to our parents “nakedness” (the not so honourable parts of them) it is not an invitation to dishonour them. Unlike Noah, our parents may not outrightly curse us, but in dishonouring them, we rob ourselves of many blessings as well as the promises highlighted in Ephesians 6:3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Thank You, Lord, for the parents You have given us. May we be intentional about honouring them at all times and in all circumstances. Amen.
Prophetic Declaration: Psalms 91