On Father’s Day, Rod encouraged us to honor our fathers. This can be difficult for many people due to broken relationships with their fathers. Regardless of past wrongs, God still wants children to honor their father. For the father wanting to instill an attitude of honor in their children, we are reminded that love is spelled T-I-M-E because rules without relationship leads to rebellion. That children and wives want face to face time with their dad and husband. That fathers are to partner with their child’s mother in raising their kids and not abandon child rearing to mom alone.
Whatever your relationship may be with your father or your child, it’s not too late for a child to begin to show honor to their dad. It’s not too late for a father to ask forgiveness and begin to rebuild a relationship. The call to honor doesn’t require that we first have a good feeling about our fathers, it simply starts with obedience and often times the feeling of love and honor will follow some time afterwards.
On Mother’s Day, Evan reminded us that God said moms are honorable. In the Ten Commandments honoring mom makes the top five – and it’s the first commandment with a positive promise. Jesus references it when he teaches the rich young ruler, as found in Matthew 10, and Paul quotes it again in Ephesians 6. God takes the honor of motherhood so seriously, that he warns us in Proverbs 30:17, “the eye that mocks a father and despises a mother’s instructions will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.”
Honoring mom is easy to say, but not always easy to do. God commands us to honor our moms and he holds motherhood in a place of great honor.
Moms, from day one your identity has been one of honor. You may not feel like that today and you’ve certainly have had days when you would passionately disagree, but God declared it. With all the things you want to improve, with all the comparisons and perfect pictures of motherhood you see in other women or on Facebook or Pintrest, with all the reasons why you know you should not be given a place of honor, God says you are honorable. You forever hold a place of honor in the sight of God and he will defend that honor.