A daily verse about the state of our nation and time for Christians reflect and unite in prayer, asking God to send a revival across our land and turn our nation back to Him.
Do we need a revival?
What does it mean to honor your father and mother?
From GotQuestions.org, honoring your father and mother is being respectful in both word and action. It is having an inward attitude of esteem for their position. The Greek word for honor means “to revere, prize, and value.” Honor is giving respect not only for merit but also for rank. For example, some Americans may disagree with the President’s decisions, but they should still respect his position as leader of their country. Similarly, children of all ages should honor their parents, regardless of whether or not their parents “deserve” honor.
We cannot outgrow God’s command to honor our parents
Although we may no longer be directly under their authority, we cannot outgrow God’s command to honor our parents. Even Jesus, God the Son, submitted Himself to both His earthly parents (Luke 2:51) and His heavenly Father (Matthew 26:39). Following Christ’s example, we should treat our parents the way we would reverentially approach our heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:9; Malachi 1:6).
If we honored our parents in the same way we are to honor God, would we see a revival?
We should seek to honor our parents in much the same way that we strive to bring glory to God—in our thoughts, words, and actions. We need to recognize that God gifted us to our parents. He placed us within our family units for a reason and a purpose. Perhaps your purpose was to win them to Christ. Regardless of the reason, do you think if we honored our parents as the 5th commandment says would we experience a revival within our hearts and homes? Would that then spread to a revival within our nation and our world?
For a young child, obeying parents goes hand in hand with honoring them. That includes listening, heeding, and submitting to their authority. You cannot honor them if you talking back to them, being rebellious, talking bad about them to your friends, or throwing temper tantrums because you didn’t get your way. After children mature, the obedience that they learned as children will serve them well in honoring other authorities such as government, police, and employers.
While we are required to honor parents, that doesn’t include imitating ungodly ones (Ezekiel 20:18-19). If a parent ever instructs a child to do something that clearly contradicts God’s commands, that child must obey God rather than his/her parents (Acts 5:29).
The Need for Revival
- In what ways do you honor your parents?
- In what ways do you not honor your parents?
- Clearly, there are some parents who do horrible things, even to their own children, and it can be difficult to honor them. You do not have to agree with or follow their example to honor them. But you do have to respect their position of authority over you.
- In what ways would our world be different if each of us honored our parents?
Praying for Revival
Father, honoring our parents is one way we can honor you, our heavenly Father, because you have commanded us to honor them. Help us to honor them, not just for long life, but to glorify you. For those of us who are parents, help us to teach our children to honor and respect us as parents and help us to parent in a way that brings you honor. Lord, as we surrender our hearts to you in obedience to the commandment to honor or parents, we ask that you send a revival within our hearts and homes that spreads to our nation and our world.
Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me.
The Valentine’s Collection
Beloved Collection: This Valentine’s Day, let your spouse know how much you love them. Based on the Bible Verse, Song of Solomon 3:4, the bottom line reads, “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”
I have found the one whom my soul loves: Based on Song of Solomon 3:4
God’s Plan: God’s design for marriage is one woman, one man Woven into oneness with Christ – this is God’s plan
Greatest Valentine’s: On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love and there’s no greater love than Christ who laid down His life so that we can have eternal life. Includes John 3:16.
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars
by Julia M. Bruce
What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
- Scripture to memorize and meditate on
- Conversation Starters
- Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
- Romance Builders
- Relationship Builders
- Personal reflections
- Date ideas
- Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples
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