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Honoring Our Parents

I spent about seven years working on ships in the middle of one ocean or another. There’s nothing quite like getting up in the morning, coming on deck and seeing nothing but water and empty sky for as far as you look in any direction. What is fascinating is that you can’t tell by looking whether you are twenty miles from shore or two hundred without a point of reference. Sailors need a fixed point of reference to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Psalm 119:105 says that the word of God is like a light to our path. It is the reference point by which we can navigate our lives, and in Ephesians 6, we are given the tools to navigate a Godly relationship with our parents.

Young or old, we are called to honor our parents “so that it may go well with [us] and that [we] may enjoy long life on earth” (Ephesians 6:3). God expects us to obey, respect and honor the parental authorities in our lives. His commands will always point us in a direction that brings us closer to Him. In all relationships, including those with our parents, we must listen to His direction and be obedient to His calling.


  • Why do you think God cares about how we treat our parents?
  • What does it mean to “honor” our parents?

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