~ Honor Your Parents ~
Key Passage ~ Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).
Old Testament Command (#5) ~ “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16).
New Testament Responsibility ~ Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:34-39).
Additional Passage ~ “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Comment ~ The Son of God came to earth in human form to “do the will of His Father” (John 5:30). That should be our goal as well. God is our heavenly Father—we must honor our Father. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31b).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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