God gave us our parents. They may not be perfect; but neither are we. They say things and do things that may not be right, and they make mistakes. The Lord never told us to wait until our parents are perfect before we honor them. They are sinners in need of a Savior just like we are.
They need their children to love them and to be kind to them. They need to have those around them that will encourage them and help them to have a closer walk with Jesus.
“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.” Proverbs 1:8, 9
“Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22
“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” Colossians 3:20
I thank our heavenly Father for giving us parents to love. Our parents are very special people. They love us and want the best for us.
“And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them…” Luke 2:51
let us work everyday to bring happiness into our homes.
The Honor Due Parents
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
This is the first commandment with promise. It is binding upon childhood and youth, upon the middle-aged and the aged. There is no period in life when children are excused from honoring their parents. This solemn obligation is binding upon every son and daughter and is one of the conditions to their prolonging their lives upon the land which the Lord will give the faithful. This is not a subject unworthy of notice, but a matter of vital importance. The promise is upon condition of obedience. If you obey, you shall live long in the land which the Lord your God gives you. If you disobey, you shall not prolong your life in that land.
Parents are entitled to a degree of love and respect which is due to no other person. God Himself, who has place upon them a responsibility for the souls committed to their charge, has ordained that during the earlier years of life parents shall stand in the place of God to their children. And any who reject the rightful authority of their parents are rejecting the authority of God. The fifth commandment requires children not only to yield respect, submission, and obedience to their parents, but also to give them love and tenderness, to lighten their cares, to guard their reputation, and to succor and comfort them in old age.
God cannot prosper those who go directly contrary to the plainest duty specified in His word, the duty of children to their parents…If they disrespect and dishonor their earthly parents, they will not respect and love their Creator.
When children have unbelieving parents, and their commands contradict the requirements of Christ, then, painful though it may be, they must obey God and trust the consequences with Him…
Bring all the rays of sunshine, of love, and of affection into the home circle. Your father and mother will appreciate these little attentions you can give. Your efforts to lighten the burdens, and to repress every word of fretfulness and ingratitude, show that you are not a thoughtless child, and that you do appreciate the care and love that has been bestowed upon you in the years of your helpless infancy and childhood.
Children, it is necessary that your mothers love you, or else you would be very unhappy. And is it not also right that children love their parents?
E. G. White, The Adventist Home, pp. 292,293, 295