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VIDEO: 6 Ways to ‘Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you’

Our parents. They love us and we also love them but sometimes our actions and words (or no words) says the opposite.

We should seek to honor our parents in much the same way that we strive to bring glory to God—in our thoughts, words, and actions. For a young child, obeying parents goes hand in hand with honoring them. That includes listening, heeding, and submitting to their authority. After children mature, the obedience that they learned as children will serve them well in honoring other authorities such as government, police, and employers.

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Here are six ways to show some love to your parents.

1. Obey them

You can show your mum and dad you love them by doing as they say and what is expected of you. By obeying them, you are obeying God and this pleases him. I will also add in here that whatever you are told to do, you should do it in cheerfulness without moaning even if it means missing out on the movie you planned to watch.

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2. Talk

Talk to your parents about your feelings – your worries, fears and excitement. Do not stonewall them because parents offer words of wisdom. Just because they are not the same age as us does not mean they can’t understand us. Do you love your parents enough to open up to them?

3. Tell the truth

Our Father in heaven hates lying. Even if our parents do not know the truth that you hide from your mum and dad, God knows so tell the truth about your friends, school, where you are going and everything else. By doing this, trust will be built between you and your parents.

4. Be cheerful

Watch any family TV show and there’s bound to be a moody teenager. Sad, I know. Why don’t we change this stereotype and be happy. Laugh with your parents (their jokes are funny… sometimes).

5. Treat them with respect

Remember who your parents are – father and mother, and give them respect for all they’ve done for you and for their role in your life. This may seem silly but you can show your parents love by simply thanking them for being your mum and dad. They are not just everyone else, they are different. They are our loving, caring parents!

It is comforting and loving to your parents to hear that you love them. Shout it out loud, text it, mime it. However you choose to do it, make sure they know you LOVE them!

Honor begets honor. God will not honor those who will not obey His command to honor their parents. If we desire to please God and be blessed, we should honor our parents. Honoring is not easy, is not always fun, and certainly is not possible in our own strength. But honor is a certain path to our purpose in life—glorifying God.