Ephesians 6:2-3
Commandment with Promise

2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

To be held in high esteem by those who are flesh and blood, seems like it would be done without question. And yet, there are circumstances around some family situations that bring a hesitation. This command is given in spite of what may have occurred at some time in the past. It is an admonition that had to be made because of the clash of generations that seem inevitable. Am I to honor parents who are not as well educated as their children? Yes – they have learned in other ways. Am I to honor parents who are poor and I am well-off? Yes – the amount of money people have does not earn honor.

Honor is the right of those who have children. We may not always agree, but we are always to honor our parents. Even when time removes some of the close connections we have had in the past, honor is still to be given. The opinions of the older generation don’t move as far forward as that of the younger, but we are still to give them honor. The older folks will be uncomfortable with much of what you do and may even challenge and complain, but honor is still their right.

From the Highest Possible Source comes a word to live by – “promise.”
Compelling, impressing us with views of the future.
Authoritative, assuring us with the integrity of the Word.
Commanding, rewarding us with life itself.

The terms are within the grasp of every person – “honor.”
Respect without hypocrisy, guile, deceit – eyes looking clearly into other eyes.
Dignity voluntarily extended because of who they are – and who we are.
Reverence for those who have experience; the battle scars; who have “been there.”

The effort to be expended is not in some far away place – “father and mother.”
Flesh and blood have rights, responsibility, reasonable expectations.
Parental authority doesn’t end: it changes – to advice, suggestions, insights.
The ties are there for a lifetime: in the good and bad times – they will always be yours.

The people addressed are the saints and the faithful in Christ Jesus.
They are never to be ignored – God does not ignore them but recognizes their place.
Actions are seen and attitudes recognized for what they really are – by God.
Families originated in the mind and heart of God – honor earthly parents – and heavenly.

“Father of the old and young: help each of us to understand the right of differing opinions that are inevitable between succeeding generations. Lift each of us above the area of differences to appreciation for each person for who they are. Help us to use the heavenly eye salve to see beyond the externals to the inner person. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

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