[This article is part of the ‘Honor Parents, Value Soulmate’ series. View other parts of this series here.]
Honor = Value
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3 (New Living Translation)
When God said we should honor our parents – He wasn’t joking. When he said it will be well for us if we do… He meant it: You can stand on that promise in faith to be blessed in school, in business, in marriage, … in every aspect of life. God was serious when he said we would live a long life if we honour our parents. You can stand in faith on that promise too.
In John Bevere’s series “Honor’s reward”, he tells us what the word honor means:
Honor comes from the Greek word: ‘time’. Its literal definition is: a valuing
To honor something means you consider it to be valuable, weighty, precious such as gold. You have appreciation for it, hold it in esteem, favourable regard and respect.
What does it mean to not honor?
The opposite of honour is ‘dishonor’ – to not show respect or value. To treat as common. To treat as ordinary.
You can dishonor something it if is common, light and easily done away with (such as vapour)
Did I honor my parents? Am I honoring my parents?
What is your relationship with your parents like?
Do you treat your both or one of your parents as:
- Ordinary, and common… or
- Valuable, weighty, precious such as gold. You have appreciation for your parent, hold it in esteem, favourable regard and respect.
Perhaps you have heard somebody say about their relationship with their parent: “We are good – not too close – but good”
It’s not alright to be ‘just okay’ with your father or mother. We need to absolutely cherish our parents, be crazy about them – even if we don’t feel like it… Because chances are thats how you will treat your future mate. Remember, even if they were terrible parents, they are still valuable enough for God himself to come down and die to save. It is never too late to start honoring and valuing our parents. It may be difficult, but it will be priceless time spent investing in the years to come after they are gone.
[This article is part of the ‘Honor Parents, Value Soul Mate’ series. View other parts of this series and references here.]
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