10 Stupid Things We Do Fail to Honor our Parents
Think About This:“The world is passing through troubloustimes. The young people of today think ofnothing but themselves. They have noreverence for parents or old age. They areimpatient of all restraint. They talk as if theyknew everything, and what passes forwisdom with us is foolishness with them. Asfor the girls, they are forward, immodest andunladylike in speech, behavior and dress.”
Think About This:• Who wrote this? Ann Landers? Dear Abby? Dr. Phil? Oprah?• None of the above. It was written by a man called Peter the Hermit.• It was written in 1274 – more than 700 years ago.• What is our obligation to our parents?
The Command HONOR YOUR PARENTS • What is honor? • To whom does this command apply? – Dependent children – respect and obeyEphesians 6:1-3 - 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, forthis is right. 2“Honor your father and mother,” which is the firstcommandment with promise: 3“that it may be well with you andyou may live long on the earth.”
The Command HONOR YOUR PARENTS• What is honor?• To whom does this command apply? – Dependent children – respect and obey – Independent children – respect and listen
The Command HONOR YOUR PARENTS• What is honor?• To whom does this command apply? – Dependent children – respect and obey – Independent children – respect and listen – Aged parents – respect and support
The Command HONOR YOUR PARENTS• What do parents owe the child in return for honor? – Proper example – Instruction in the way of the Lord – Communication – Love – Time – Discipline – Prayer
The Motives WHY OBEY THIS COMMAND?• Because God said so• Because it is right and proper• It will lengthen your life• It will benefit society
The Questions What if parents don’t deserve honor?• Perfect parents have imperfect kids• Perfect kids have imperfect parents• REMEMBER: “You are no bargain to live with, either.”• Even Jesus had imperfect parents
The Questions What if my parents are no longer living?• Honor the sacrifice they made – They trained, taught, instructed – They disciplined• Honor their memory
Practical Suggestions• Don’t expect perfection from your parents• Learn your parents’ story and try to understand their unique journey• Pay back the good you received from your parents• Refuse to return evil for evil
Conclusion:• Robert Frost – “Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.”• It is a “stupid thing” to fail to honor our parents.• Young or old, dependent or independent – We must honor our parents. – It will lengthen our life – It will give us eternal life.