Reach The Heart

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For Saturday February 25, 2023

Ephesians 6:2-3
Honor your father and mother . . . that it may be well with you
and you may live long on the earth.

Why is it so important for children to honor and obey their parents? It’s not because we need well-behaved children, nor is it simply because we are adults and they are minors. God commands children to obey their mothers and fathers because it is training for the respect and obedience needed for a healthy relationship with the Lord. And when children understand that in being obedient to their parents they are obeying Christ, then their hearts are impacted forever. Becoming acquainted with submission to a loving authority and obedience to a caring parent makes it easier for children to have a genuine desire to love, serve, and obey God.

Every word of the Bible was written for a specific purpose, and the command to “honor your father and mother” is no exception. Jesus set the standard for obedience when He walked the earth. Not only did He put Himself under the authority and leadership of His earthly mother and father, but He also obeyed His true Father even unto death to pay the price for our sins. Let us follow in His example by honoring our parents and teaching our children to do the same.

Obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love,
too, enter the mind of the child.


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David Jeremiah, Turning Points with God: 365 Daily Devotions (Tyndale, 2014)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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