Emanna for 05/21/2019
Honor Your Parents
Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (2) "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise, (3) "That it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth."
Words of Ministry
The phrase "in the Lord" indicates obedience to the parents by being one with the Lord. The children of believers should realize that they are to obey their parents by being one with the Lord. Moreover, they are to obey their parents not by their own strength, but by the Lord Himself. Their obedience is to be according to the Lord's word, according to the Scriptures. This is not only the first commandment with a promise, but also the first commandment concerning man's relationship with man (Exo. 20:12). The promise, mentioned in verse 3, is that it may be well with the children and that they may live long on the earth. The first part of the promise is related to prosperity in material blessing; it also refers to living in a peaceful situation. The second part is to have longevity. According to this commandment, prosperity and longevity are God's blessings in this life to those who honor their parents. Honoring is different from obeying. Obedience refers to an action, whereas honor denotes an attitude. It is possible for the children to obey their parents without honoring them. In order to honor their parents, the children need a certain attitude, a certain spirit. All the children need to learn to obey their parents with honor.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 519-520. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 1/3/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.