The commandment to honor mom, command number five, is the first of the ten commandments which deals with relationships between people. When you honor someone, you regard them with great respect. Can you say that you respect your mom? If you don’t, you might have reasons to act that way. If you do honor your mom, the next question is, does your mom know it?
Show honor to moms and you show honor to God. To honor her is to recognize the dignity given her by God, thereby honoring God and setting yourself up for honor to God in other ways. If I honor my mom, I honor God. Practicing honor is a practice to love others more and harm them less. Jesus said all the Law is summed up in two commands, “Love God and love others”. Showing honor to mothers helps us fulfill that law and obey God.
Be encouraged as Evan reminds why honoring motherhood is so important.
Scripture references: Exodus 20:12; 1 Peter 1:15-16
Jesus wants to love and transform people. People are not transformed by attending a church or believing a certain fact about God. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, born of the Spirit, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” Humans are born by other humans, but spiritual life is born by the Spirit of God.
The power of the Spirit meets an imperfect and broken person exactly where he or she is at. The Spirit does not wait for a person the be transformed to better living before he meets them. Rather, he meets a person in their sinfulness and starts a life long process of transformation.
The Christian life is all about relationship. As long as you live, you will continue the transformation from sin to godly living. The Spirit transforms certain sinful behaviors soon after a person is born again and other times that sin is released years later. The spiritual effect of sin is taken care of and settled the moment the Spirt gives rebirth to a person, but the transformation from sinful to truly good living is a life long process.
As Christians, we must see others as Jesus sees us. Sin abounds and problems exist and we must seek out relationship with others in prayer and with much wisdom. Do we ignore our own sin? No! Do we celebrate and smile at the sin of others? No! Does that then mean you hate yourself and beat yourself up when you sin? No! Do you seek a way to reveal another person to their own sin? No! Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will reveal my sin to me and their sin to them. My job is to love unconditionally, accept without reservation, and be ready to offer forgiveness 24-7.
By doing this, we will begin to see as Jesus saw, feel as Jesus felt, and do as Jesus did. As this begins, we will find ourselves living and acting like Jesus did. He did not condone sin, but he did not make a point of specifically condemning everyone’s sin. Rather, he was filled with compassion and he told the truth in living relationship with others. When sin was identified and spoken about, he always did it in such a way to help a person better feel the love and better know the wisdom of God. Even in the dramatic confrontations with the religious leaders, Jesus did not bluntly call out their own hypocrisy just to prove them wrong. He was provided a relationship with these leaders and he boldly cut through the garbage to show them the love of God. He offered loving insight to point a sinner to the awesome love and fullness God offers.
In all we do and within any relationship we must remember that the love and truth of God is to be our motivation for all thought and action. Within the family, God instructs children to honor their parents. As importantly, fathers are to act towards their children with godly love and wisdom. Within our community, country and world we must respond with godly love and even godly sorrow and anger when it is appropriate. A godly love for all that is good and for every one of our neighbors no matter how they are similar or different from us. A godly sorrow and anger for anything and anyone that calls evil good. Living the life of Jesus is our calling; to be “little Christs”, “Christ like”, to be Christian. Living that life is hard and it we must remember we don’t “war against flesh and blood”.
The Church is a family and family relationships are messy. This makes unity and peace among each other so important. As we grow together in Christ we will make mistakes, hurt each others’ feelings, and get mad with one another. This is normal, but what do we do about it? With patience and long suffering we strive towards unity and seek the restoring power of forgiveness.