2016-03-14 - Ah, Parents
Do I really have to honor my mother and father? I took a look at these Scriptures for some guidance.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." (Exodus 20:12 ESV) and Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching," (Proverbs 1:8 ESV)
When I read the above texts my brain tells me a resounding yes. On the other hand, I'm not a kid anymore so do these Bible verses apply to me now?
I am kind to my parents and if they need something I am there for them. I know they made sacrifices for me growing up. I don't want to minimize that, but Lord help me deal with my parents! We are all adults now but many times they don't respect that fact.
And so I ask the Lord that He will help my parents' behavior and when that doesn't change, I ask God to help me be strong in the face of adversity, to forgive them, and to not let my feelings get hurt. None of those actions are easy for me.
It helps praying to the Lord, knowing He has a solution and the ability to help. He is ready to counsel at a moment's notice. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5 NIV)
Lord, Let us not take each other for granted. Help me listen and turn to You. Time with family isn't supposed to be stressful, so may my actions toward my relatives be considerate and thoughtful. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the Contemporary English Version (CEV) unless otherwise noted.