Exodus 20:12
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (NIV)

Parents are God’s representatives to children. The husband and wife serve as the first and most important mentors to their offsprings. The people who also guide us in our Christian journey can be regarded as spiritual parents or guardians (1 Corinthians 4:15).

As children of God, we must honour every moral instruction given to us by our father, mother and mentors because failure to conform comes with a dangerous prize. James 4:17 says: ‘If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them’ (NIV). Disobedience is a sin and the perpetual ending for sinners is death (Romans 6:23)—spiritual and physical. This is why our Bible reading states that the reward for honouring the parents is long life. The opposite of long life is a shortened life. Therefore, obedience brings health and stability while disobedience triggers a fall.

The fall of a disobedient fellow can be in diverse ways. For example, a village man wanted to leave for the city, but the mother warned him not to go, that it was not yet time. But this man refused! On getting to the city, it was already dark, so he slept on the street. Hours later, he was robbed, and because he had nothing, his eyes were plugged out by the angry thieves. The man became a beggar and begged till he got to his village. The people quickly called his mother, and they both wept.

Beloved, we must obey and appreciate our parents because nothing can take their place. If you are not in good terms or caring for your parents, go back to them today and apologise. Honour and bless them regularly, because as seen in our Bible reading, this is the first commandment with a promise. God bless your heart of obedience!


Hymn: Come into my Heart — Harry D. Clarke (1924)

  1. Father, please forgive my sins of disobedience and negligence to my parents and the elderly.


  1. Lord, preserve my parents to eat the good fruits of their labours.
  2. Pray for anyone that represents a parent in your life.
  3. Any power sitting at the door of my breakthrough and that of my family and the Church, expire!
  4. Any embargo, blocking my face from helpers and my voice from being heard, clear away!


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