MMM Day 28: Honor Your Parents

March Mitzvot Madness Day 28

Knowing specifically how to honor our parents in this mixed-up modern society is sometimes a challenge.  Certainly, we have the examples noted below (not cursing or attacking them).  But honoring and revering them means more than this.  I believe we should help them in any and every way we can.  Love is often sacrificial, giving beyond our comfort zone.  But (a word of caution here) there must be appropriate boundaries in place with all people, not just parents.  Some people destroy their own lives and marriages due to manipulation (often guilt) from Mom or Dad.  That isn’t what Elohim asks of us.

Just as Adonai blesses the righteous and unrighteous with rain, we should honor our parents regardless of whether we think they “deserve” it.  None of us deserve blessings or mercy, but the Father gives it anyway.  Another aspect of honoring our parents, I believe, is to not embarrass or belittle them.  We should not speak badly of them, but lift up their name and reputation whenever possible.  If we know our parent is wrong about something, instead of lashing out, we should speak gently with love, always striving to treat them with the utmost love, compassion, and respect.  As we demonstrate these qualities with our fallen earthly parents, we will truly come to treasure our perfectly righteous heavenly Father.

Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land which Adonai your God is giving you. ~~ Exodus 20: 12

Whoever attacks his father or mother must be put to death. ~~ Exodus 21: 15

Whoever curses his father or mother must be put to death. ~~ Exodus 21: 17

Every one of you is to revere his father and mother…  ~~ Leviticus 19: 3a

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