Obey and Honor

Yesterday's devotional helped us understand the importance of obedience.  Over the next few devotionals, I want to focus on three areas I believe are critical for you and me to ensure we are obedient.

The first is found in Ephesians 6:1-3   This first category of obedience has to do with family, something God teaches very specifically in His Word.  It says,

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise:  "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."

As long as a child is under his parents' roof and under his parents' direct authority, he needs to obey.  But throughout your entire life you need to honor your parents.

One time I had a dear lady come to me after a service when I preached on this command and say, "Pastor, I just have to tell you.  I just felt I needed to make things right with my dad.  I went home that night and called him and said, ‘Dad, you need to forgive me because I've been bitter against you for all these years.  I'm sorry, and I want you to know that I forgive you for all the past.'"

Then she said, "Pastor, you need to understand, I've had a migraine headache for 15 years, 24 hours a day.  I take piles of medication.  I go to bed with a migraine, and I wake up with one, but the morning after I made things right with my dad, I woke up, and I had no headache."  And she started to cry. 

I am telling you, this promise is full of power!  It is better to obey and honor your parents!

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