The fourth commandment

Today, my grandma (my mom’s mom) is having surgery for breast cancer.  Please, keep her in your prayers.

Thinking about this led me to contemplate, albeit briefly, the fourth commandment.  For references sake, here’s the passage:

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

This command is the only one with a promise attached to it, which I like.  But I think what we forget about this is that there is no time limit.  A lot of the time you only mention this command when you are teaching your children about obedience.  Then you kind of reach a time in your life where you are all grown up and you don’t have to “obey” and your parents are good on their own (kinda where I’m at now).  Eventually, like my parents, you get to a point where you need to take care of your parents.  But I truly think we confuse “honor” with obey.

That is an important aspect for children when they are young.  But we are to honor them which is more.  It’s about taking care of them, respecting them, loving them and ensuring that they are truly honored by others.  And that is a life long commandment.

So here’s to obeying the fourth commandment.  I’m off to visit Jesus at church and say a prayer for my Grandma!  Hopefully all goes well!

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