Exodus 20:12 says "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you."
This verse seems to be popular among parents of teenagers! Sometimes this is a bad thing because they use the verse to try to get the teen to obey them even though the parent may not be deserving of this. Even though this verse obviously says that children need to obey their parents there are also verses that speak to how the parents should be treating their children. Verses like Ephesians 6:4 "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."
These are important things to remember as we look further at this verse.
The first question that comes to my mind when I read this verse is "what if the parents are asking the child to do something wrong?" I don't think this scripture is meaning to say that you should honor your father and mother no matter what. We need to be checking everything against what the Bible says and what Gods principles mean. We need to honor our parents, but it is more important that we honor God. If our parents ask us to do something that is against Gods laws or principles then we should honor God before out parents.
This does not mean that we should treat our parents badly if they ask us to do something that is wrong, but we do need to set very clear boundaries. Parents need to know that they are second in command and if they are violating Gods principles then they will not be honored.
Here are some Biblical principles that parents need to remember when thinking about verses like this.
Here are some things for the children to think about.
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