Honoring Parents

Exodus 20:12 – The fifth commandment instructs all people, regardless of age, to honor their parents. God has created the family structure to be a training ground for how we embody care and respect authority.

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  • The parental commandment is intentionally situated as the bridge between the vertical and horizontal ones.
  • God provides parents to serve as a tangible example of His goodness and guidance.
  • To honor one’s parents is to give weight to their unique role.
  • The inclusion to honor one’s mother was a distinction of biblical faith in a world that devalued women.
  • In an order of diminishing consequences per command, this parental one is valued higher than all remaining.
  • God promises long life for obedient children because they are guaranteed to do less stupid things that might get them killed.


  • Children who dishonor parents will most likely show defiance to all other authority figures (Rom. 1:30).
  • You aren’t loving your children if you leave their rebellious ways unchallenged (Prov. 13:24).
  • Children still dependent upon their parents need to obey them as long as their expectations aren’t sinful (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20)
  • God never provides an age limit to the expectation of honoring one’s parents.
  • Your parents don’t have to be honorable for you to show them honor.
  • Where it is challenging to honor the personalities of your parent, you can always show honor to the position of your parent.
  • The way you care for your parents’ needs indicates how you value God’s commands (1 Tim. 5:8).