​THEY ARE STILL YOUR PARENTS – HONOUR THEM



I once heard a preacher say that “whoever is in Christ is a new creature and therefore your parents are gone and your new father is God”. It pained me because the scriptures was being used in the wrong way. As long as your physical body is still with you, you’re still answerable to your earthly parents unless they’re the ones who rejected you.

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In your new birth, your Spiritual man is answerable to God and it lives in honour to God and your physical man is answerable to your parents and it leaves in honour to them. It is devilish inspired to think that once you got born again you became alienated from your parents.

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Regardless of what your Parents do, you have no moral right to curse them! Proverbs says

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“Those who would curse their father or mother are like a lamp that goes out on the darkest night.” – Prov. 20:20 ERV

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You see that? When you curse your parents, your light can’t shine even in darkness. Light is supposed to be noticed in darkness no matter how little but when your light can’t​ shine in darkness it means you’re no light! In the time of the Law, anyone who dishonours his parents receives an automatic curse! Sometimes they even face death! Remember, the law defines what sin is and so even under grace disobedience to parents is still sin. 

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Your parents are your first leaders, dishonouring them means dishonouring God who gave them to you! It doesn’t matter if your parents are Christians or not, you must give them their honour and through your light that shines you may be able to win their heart to accept Jesus. It doesn’t mean you should follow their wrong commands but you have to refuse in respect, you have to honour them still! Honour doesn’t mean obeying everything which includes the wrong counsel, it means holding them in high regard.

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These days, it is rampant to see a son beating his mother! It is common to see Children exchanging words with their parents and it is truly immoral! In Leviticus 20:9 people who use abusive words on their parents are brought out to the city and put to death! That is to show you the grave consequences of dishonouring your parents. In Exodus 20:12, the Bible says

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“You must honor and respect your father and your mother. Do this so that you will have a full life in the land that the Lord your God gives you.” 

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When you honour your parents, it comes with a blessing of longevity because as you honour them they make proclaims of blessings on you! No matter who your parents are, when they open their mouth and bless you, you’re earthly blessed! Have you seen some unbelievers who are enjoying earthly blessings? That is to tell you that certain blessings aren’t based on being a Christian! Their are principles on how to become earthly successful! No matter how you fast, pray and engage in certain Spiritual exercises, if you aren’t following these natural principles of success you’re bound to remain a failure on earth! Honour for your parents is one of the major principles!

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Sometimes when I want to engage in certain things and I seek my parents blessings, what I do is not even to share the idea with them. I just go and buy something that will please them. When they’re pleased, I receive blessings and it works! Look at Jacob, Jacob received blessings not because he was a believer in God but because he pleased his father! Yes, he did it in a cunning way but the blessing worked! In Genesis 27:38 we see that blessings are irreversible!

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In the New Testament, obedience and honour to parents were expounded and its importance was re-emphasised so that believers shouldn’t think that once they are in Christ they deny their earthly parents! Paul wrote

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“Children, obey your parents the way the Lord wants, because this is the right thing to do. The command says, “You must respect your father and mother.” This is the first command that has a promise with it. And this is the promise: “Then all will go well with you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”   Fathers, don’t make your children angry, but raise them with the kind of teaching and training you learn from the Lord.” – Eph. 6:1‭-‬4 ERV

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God wants you to obey your parents and give them the honour they deserve! For not killing you in the womb, for not killing you as you were growing up, for showing you their support… You must honour them even when they’re not believers! If you’re living in enemity with your parents, you need to go back and reconcile with them. While it is the parents duty to train up their children in the way they should go, it is the children’s duty to give honour to their parents!

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It has not changed, honour for your parents is still compulsory! Do you want to enjoy the blessings attached to it? Honour your parents! Do you want to live your entire life in frustration? Reject your parents and curse them!

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God bless you!

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#KingGeorge

#GracefulGeorge

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