40 Days Devo: The Fifth Commandment

Monday, March 19, 2018

Read Exodus 20:12

12“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Love Expressed at Home

The 10 Commandments give us tangible expressions of how we are to love God and each other. The fifth commandment turns from our relationship with God to how we care for and love one another. But, of course, the two are not disconnected. John says, we cannot say that we love God, while not loving our brother, mother or neighbor (1 John 4:20).

So love must start at home. If we claim to love our heavenly Father we must respect and honor our earthly parents too. It’s important to note, the word “honor” is the same word for weight. It has the sense of weighing the value, impact and importance of the God given relationship with our father and mother.

St. Augustine said:

“It is your parents you see when you first open your eyes, and it is their friendship that lays down the first strands of this life. If anyone fails to honor his parents, is there anyone he will spare?”   

Life is a gift of God, and he chose our parents as ministers of this gift. It is an affront to the ultimate Giver of life is we dishonor His instrument. This perspective applies for even the worst of parents, who failed to nurture, provide and protect their children – and there are too many of those these days. Even these were used of God for initiating life. Many more loving parents have poured their heart, soul and strength into their children. And as God’s instruments of blessing, these parents, imperfect as all are, deserve a weight honor.


Father, may the love you have shown in giving me life through my parents, and the blessings of this life, move me to honor my parents. You know they are not perfect, rather they are broken, and bear their own sin, suffering and damage. But whatever the limits of their love, may your limitless love flow through me toward them. Amen.


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