Themes in Proverbs: Children, honor your parents

God’s word tells us to give honor but what does this word mean? The    dictionary tells us that honor means to regard with great respect. Our thoughts, words, and actions all display this honor. Are we giving our   parents honor? You see, we are never too old, too rich, or too powerful to give our parents honor. Even in Solomon’s day this command rings true. Notice his words from the following passages about honoring parents:

Proverbs 20:20
20  He who curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will go out in time of darkness.

Proverbs 30:17
17  The eye that mocks a father
And scorns a mother,
The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
And the young eagles will eat it.

There is a severe consequence to all who fail to give honor to their parents. The command to honor parents flows through all of God’s word. From the Ten Commandments given at mount Sinai (Exodus 20) to the warning   given by Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

If we want to live obedient lives, lives of examples pointing others to Christ, we must be those who honor our parents.