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Posts for My Graduate #5


So far I have described some of the principles from the first four commandments which focus on our relationship with God. The next six commandments are directed toward our relationship with other people. The first one is addressed to your relationship to your parents.

Exodus 20:12 states, “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

Honoring your parents is a lifelong commitment. Ephesians 6:4 reminds us that children in the household have the responsibility to obey their parents. But in a few days you’ll be gone and out into the world. You’re entering that transitional phase of independence from your parents. However, God never releases you from the responsibility to render honor. Why? God places us in families for a purpose. We are not self-sufficient or self-existent. When we honor our parents we are reminded of the important role that others play in our lives. Like the guy once said, if you ever see a turtle on a fencepost, you know it didn’t get there by itself! Honoring your parents reminds you to be humble, because you didn’t get where you are on your own.

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