May 2, 2018 Daily Devotion
Honor your father and mother”
—which is the first commandment with a promise—
Read: Ephesians 6:1-9
The verse that proceeds this is, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for that is what is expected of you.” In my mind, it all goes back to honor and respect. The apostle Paul writes in verse 4, “Fathers, do not anger your children. Bring them up with training and instruction befitting the Lord.”
It is our mandate as parents to “start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Be imitators of God as his dear children. Follow the way of love as Christ loved you. (Ephesians 5:1-2). Tough love, discipline, respect for self and others. Imitate the life of Jesus through humility, love, and forgiveness. It is our duty to live in the light.
For as the twig is bent, so shall the tree grow.
Unite all in love for God is love!