1. We're Called to Carry the Weight
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“Honor,” in it’s original Hebrew text, is the word “kabad.” It means, “heavy.” The two concepts were possibly linked together by the amount of stuff an older person had accumulated, and subsequently carried, through life (Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary).
Each person is carrying around the weight of whatever they’ve accumulated in their life. If they are carrying around the fruit of the Spirit, which is joy, love, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness …(Galations 5:22-23), it’s easy to honor them. It’s a lighter load to bear.
A deadbeat parent, obvious to the naked eye or not, is carrying around rotten fruit. Heavy baggage. The weight of dysfunction that has caused them to turn away from the gift of life. People are woven together for a reason, and in attempt to honor them, as heavy as it may be for us to haul through life, God will use all efforts for good.
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