Commandment with a Promise

Verse of the Day

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise.  Ephesians 6:1-2

Food for Thought

Dr. John Todd, the eminent writer, never forgot how, when his old father was very sick, and sent him away for medicine, he, a little lad, had been unwilling to go, and made up a lie, saying that the druggist had no such medicine. The old man was dying when little Johnny came in, but he said to Johnny, “My boy, your father suffers great pain for want of that medicine.” Johnny started, in great distress, for the medicine, but it was too late. On his return the father was almost gone. He could only say to the weeping boy, “Love God, and always speak the truth; for the eye of God is always upon you. Now kiss me once more, and farewell.” Through all his life afterward, Dr. Todd often had heartache over that act of falsehood and disobedience to his dying father.

Bible teaches us to be nice to our parents, Jesus while on the verge of death on cross was worried about His Mother. Jesus gave John responsibility to look after His mother Mary. Honoring parents means three things: always do what they bid you, always treat them lovingly, and take care of them when they are sick and grown old. Often we are disobedient, rude, unconcerned and careless about our parents, but we must understand God wants us to honor our parents and we would be answerable for all the lapses on our part.

“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16


Today’s Prayer

O Lord we thank you that you shower your blessings on us in abundance; you love us and want us to love and help people around us. Lord bless us with the sense of responsibility, so that we can understand and fulfill our responsibilities towards our neighbors, friends, community, relatives and especially our parents.  Amen

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