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Honor Mother And Father

How does one "honor mother and father "apart from "lip service", which may or may not be genuine?! Eph.6.2.

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To honor your father and mother is not just lip service, its to help take care of them as they get older, to love and respect them not only in speech but in actions. For what can you give to your parents for giveing you life. And Kevin, Jehova is not a name of God, there is no J in the hebrew language. Jehova is from the German translation of the four letter or tetragramaton of YHVH. Just like Jesus is not his name it would be Yehoshua.
---wayne on 10/16/08

What if Jehovah is refering to Himself in a
first person narrative?saying,"I will
honor your parent"so you might as well to.
---kevin on 10/15/08

My Brothers use to beat me daily and then my father would do the same because he 'would give me something to cry about.' God called me to learn to honor my mother(easy) my father I had to learn. Which was hard because I really hated him.

I've learnt to be respectful, attempt to observe his good points that he does have. And really just give him grace, mercy and love to forgive him. And at the end of the day is human.

We serve God and glorify Him not man not even our parents. By honoring him you are bring glory to God not them
---Martin_nz on 10/7/08

Please don't think my life is bad because of the childhood I described previously. I learned a great deal from it, and have tapped into great resources. It forced me to seek out our Lord as a teenager, and I found Him first in our family, and have continued my relationship with Him since then. I have a good relationship with my Mother now. Growing up in chaos gave me the desire to work in mental health, and I have been blessed to do that part time. I have empathy for my patients, and understanding for my parents now.
---Trish9863 on 7/21/08

A child/person honors the father and mother by being obedient - the same way a Christian honors/respects/fears God. If a child cannot learn obedience from the parents, how is the child ever to obey God? Too many parents try to be "friends" with their child which is wrong.

As for "how," search for "one another" "each other" in an online bible.

As for a suffering child with undisciplined and unChristian parents, this child must suffer the way Christ suffered. Christ learned obedience through suffering. (Hebrews 5:7-9) But,of course, achild may find that the parent is sinning and must be rebuked with gentleness and respect. (1 Timothy 5:1)

Overall, we honor God when we honor our parents.
---Steveng on 7/20/08

It was very difficult for me to honor my parents as a child/young adult, due to my mother's violence during her bipolar manic episodes, then she would swing into her months of depression, where she would hide in her room for months and not be seen. My father had violent alcoholic episodes, where he would try to kill my mother for trying to take his car keys away from him because he was drunk. I also had to endure three months where they sent me to live with relatives, who had another drunk living there, and my parents did not contact me once while I was away, and I was 14 years old at the time.
---Trish9863 on 7/20/08

Yes, RitaH, I'm better since I became the last living member of my family three years ago (don't ask me if I'm grateful for good health or being born).

In the last three years, I've come to know God in a very practical way. He knows that, in reality, I simply cannot find a reason to be 'grateful', but "grateful" is a man-made feeling that is more fit for other people than it is for me (that's what God wants, a PERSONAL relationship/devotion).

In the last three years, He taught me more than Christianity ever knew, He taught me the "depths of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10) and that we can only relate to and identify with "I am who I am" (His FOREVER name, Exodus 3:14) by knowing who we are.
---more_excellent_way on 7/20/08

It's easy for a spectator (someone who never endured) to criticize those who've had their lives 'ransacked'. Childhood/parents is our introduction to life. If we are taught passive aggressive love, we end up with low self esteem and a distorted sense of who we really are.

Whether a dysfunctional family leads to divorce or not (mine did, statistics are that most children of divorce suffer depression into late adulthood because our subconscious feels that we were born by mistake), we suffer a 'subconscious identity crisis' (depression) that only "I am who I am" can help us recover from.

We know the world that can be FELT in the heart and care little for the one that can be seen (spectators criticize out of ignorance).
---more_excellent_way on 7/20/08

The only reason we SUFFERED (instead of unjustly becoming BITTER and nasty) is because we are conscientious and just.

Jesus was made perfect through suffering (Hebrews 2:10).

We simply ENDURE because we were JUST.

Romans 5:3
"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance"

All verses are from the RSV. Many modern versions pervert scripture because they try to be politically correct, but no version is 100% discrepancy free.
---more_excellent_way on 7/20/08

To honor your mother & father you are not only supposed to give them "lip service" as you called it, but to speak to them kindly and respectively. Your actions towards them are very important. Your supposed to take care of them as a parent would take care of it's child. Now even if your parent wasn't good to must be good to them. This pleases God.
---dayce on 7/20/08

That was a horrendous entry that I just read from you. In a small way I know where you are coming from but my experience was nowhere near as horrendous as yours. I hope that now you are free, not just physically but emotionally also. I pray that your life will now be happy and that, somehow, you will be able to make up for all that you lost. I also hope that you know that, despite what man does to you, Jesus loves you and that He saw all you went through. Trust Him now for your future.
---RitaH on 7/20/08

I grew up in a severely dysfunctional family and suffered 51 years of suicidal depression that I recovered from 3 years ago when I outlived my whole family. I could (parents are deceased) only give my parents the recognition they deserve (bad honor) and felt DAMNED by God.

I believe that some parents should be honored with a jail term. It is a crime what some parents do to their children. Many children are HAUNTED for life about feeling obligated to be hypocritical and show respect, let alone GOOD honor, to parents who grossly rejected their God-given responsibility to raise their children properly. I am saying this in defense of the millions of children who are continuously haunted feeling obligated to offer GOOD honor to the parents.
---more_excellent_way on 7/13/08

To honor your parents is to not speak harsh to or against them, not act harsh against them, do not be disrespectful to them. Take care of them when they are unable to care solely for themselves. Be a companion, a friend, a caretaker, a child love them with all your heart. Whatever their need may be. Realize the gray hairs on their hair is a sign of wisdom. Proverbs 16:31 says "Gray hair is a crown of splendor, it is attained by a righteous life. and Proverbs 20:29 says " The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old."
Listen to them they still have a lot to teach.
---Crystal on 7/7/08

By taking care of them when they're elderly or unable to care for themselves.

I love my parents and enjoy being a help whenever they need it.
---Marcia on 7/2/08

Forgiveness is one of the ways to honor your mother and father. I was the only family member who forgave my father for all of the abuse he put us through. No one else would speak or bother with him, but I did. I honored him by taking care of him on his dying bed, giving him a beautiful funeral, and handling his estate by sharing one half to my sister who has been estranged from him for 20 years, whom he did not want to have anything. But I told her, it's not what dad wanted for you, it's what God wanted you to have. I find forgiving our parents and loving them where they are at, accepting them even though they abuse us, is so very powerful and God honors that. God Bless all fo you.
---donna8365 on 7/2/08

There are lots of ways we can honor our parents [Ex 20:12, cf. Saint Matthew 15:5-9). We can visit them and spend time with them [talk to them on the phone] . Remembering them on there Birthdays or other days of importance. Taking care of them when they sick or in need of money or shelter. I agree that "lip service" is not enough, but this doesn't mean it is wrong. Being thankful and telling your parents how much you love them and cherish them is important. Although, "actions speaks louder than words".

There is a Chinese proverb that says, "When you have children, you understand what you owe your parents."

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.


---Ramon on 7/1/08

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I will be reading the answers to this with great interest. I think the word honour will have different meanings to different people. Not all parents teach their children good moral values, nor are all parents kind and loving. Nevertheless we are told to 'honour' them. My father used to love to quote this verse whenever I disagreed with him both as a child and when an adult. I never dared say to him "Provoke not thy children to wrath". It is difficult to honour someone who doesn't allow another person to have an opinion. Just what does this verse mean by 'honour'? Sorry, I'm not answering the ? 1st Cliff but I also need an answer here.
---RitaH on 7/2/08

There are so many things we can do to honor our parents.Lip service is not much but politeness.Honoring means following the good moral values we were taught.Being there when our parents need us in sickness or old age.Praying for our parents and truly loving them.
---shirley on 7/1/08

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