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Sunday, December 20, 2020, 10 Commandment Series #5 - Honor Your Parents


Exodus 20:12 NLT

12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Two Assumptions:

1. Since this Commandment comes from God, there must be a way to obey it no matter how difficult or painful it may be.

2. Since God has our best interests at heart, obeying it must be for OUR own good,

not just the good of our parents


Every honest man pays his debts, and there is no debt so primary, so essential and so universal as the debt which every child owes to every parent for the love and the care which gave him life, and which preserved his life.

- Plato

4 Benefits of Honoring Our Parents

1. It Leads to Long Life.

Exodus 20:12 says, 

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

2. It Pleases God.

Colossians 3:20 says, 

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

3. It’s the Right Thing to Do.

Ephesians 6:1 says, 

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

4. It Brings Blessing.

Deuteronomy 5:16 says, 

“Honor your father and 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.”

3 Ways to Honor Our Parents as Adult Children

  1. Speak Well of Them

  2. Care for Them

  3. Forgive Them

Discussion Questions

  1. How well have I been doing with obeying this Instruction to honor my parents?

  2. What heart changes do I need to make that I need to bring to God?

  3. What concrete things can I begin to do this week (holiday season) to honor my parents whether they are living or not?

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