I had the opportunity to speak to several at-risk youths at a court appointed program started by Judge Verda Colvin of the Bibb County Superior Court. During that session, I asked how many of the students wanted to know how to wrap their parents around their finger and get nearly everything they want. Immediately hands flew in the air, and the young boys and girls sat on the edge of their seat. The parents looked at me with puzzled looks on their faces. It was priceless.
“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: – Ephesians 6:2
The excitement was in the air as the youth anticipated something they could use maybe against their parents. The parents looked at me as though they were saying; “Boy this better be a good one.” But the excitement died down and the parents’ puzzled look turned into a look of relief when I told the boys and girls:
BE OBEDIENT TO YOUR PARENTS! THEY WOULD MOVE A MOUNTAIN FOR YOU WHEN YOU MAKE THEM SMILE INSTEAD OF CRY.
I have raised my own and other’s children and what would win me over quickly and make me work overtime for extra money was my children being obedient and doing what I asked them to do. I told them that if they would stay out of trouble, do what they are told to do, and don’t do what they are told not to do, their parents would work hard to do whatever it took to get them some of the things they wanted.
The scriptures present to parents how to raise children. We see in Ephesians 6:2, the instruction for children to honor (obey) their parents. The verse goes on to tell us that it’s the first commandment that comes with a promise. Hopefully, we all realize that God has never broken a promise. This goes out to adults with living parents as well! When we honor and respect our parents we are honoring God and that puts us one step closer to heaven. There are so many rewards that come with obeying God and our parents. Don’t miss out on the blessings that are given to those who honor God.
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that you are a wise God who has given us a blueprint on how to live our lives. You are so wise, you’ve even given instruction directly to children. Thank you for giving us these wise words and it’s my prayer we honor you be applying your words and wisdom to our lives. Amen.
Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16