• Robbey Smith

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Updated: May 31, 2019

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Being a parent can be challenging, but honoring your parent can be just as challenging. In this article, we take a quick look at why it's challenging to show your parents honor.

Jesus honored his parents by obeying, showing affection, and caring for them. Even during the most difficult moment in his life (the cross).

Hanging on a cross, Jesus honored his mother by making certain one of his disciples would take care of her after he passed away (John 19:26-28). Truly the perfect son!

In just a few passages of scripture, I realize there is no situation in which I am free from the Commandment to honor my parents. Even though Mary gave birth to God's son and loved him very much; she was still a sinner (Romans 3:23). Jesus was dying for the world's sins, including his mothers.

It's crucial for us to understand because we belong to Jesus, and his greatest desire is for us to honor God the father. We must honor our parent's even when their sin has caused us pain.

Being convicted of this truth, I sent this text message to my mother, "Hope you are doing well. Wanted to wish you a happy Mother's Day. This is Robbey." To which I received no reply. Unfortunately, this has been my journey and saga for the last 30 years. I do not write this to take some moral high ground or to damage her reputation. I write this because you need to know it is possible to forgive someone and show them honor, especially when our flesh desires something different.

Romans 5:8 says, "God showed his love towards us while we were still sinners." This means we have an incredible opportunity to honor our heavenly father by honoring our earthly parents, even when it's complicated.

Two things we must do before honoring our parents is possible

1. We must forgive. While reconciliation requires two parties, forgiveness does not. Forgiving requires that we turn their sin debt over to God and refuse to attempt to collect on that debt. We forgive because it frees us from the bondage of anger, depression, and anxiety.

2. We must put on humility. Christ humbled himself and became God's servant; therefore, we must do the same. A proud spirit elevates ourselves and not God. A hard heart is the enemy of freedom and makes honoring our parents impossible. I have found that it's impossible to honor our parents when I think more of myself than I do of them. Only through forgiveness and humility can we honor our Heavenly Father by honoring our earthly parents.

The benefits of honoring our parents are many but the greatest joy comes from knowing we are pleasing the Lord (Colossians 3:20).

Follow this link for whole sermon. https://redemptionnow.com/z-61-sermon-5-26-19/

Enjoy God


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