The Fifth Commandment
“Honour thy father and thy mother”
Question: What does “honour” mean?
Answer: Honor (spelled with a “u” in the King James version of the Bible) has several meanings.
If you have a sense of high moral standards, and always try to do what is right, you are said to be a “person of honor.” Your good name and reputation is referred to as your “honor.” You might hear someone say that they “had to defend their honor,” by standing up for themselves when challenged. In a similar meaning, an honor is something given or done to show respect
or appreciation for someone who is admired for some reason. Maybe you have received a “Certificate of Honor” from school for making good grades or having perfect attendance.
When God asks us in the Fifth Commandment to honor our father and mother, we are being told to treat our parents with respect, and to hold them in high esteem and admiration. Since our actions are more important than our words, we must express this respect by being obedient to them, and listening to them. We must behave in a way that would not disappoint our parents. Most importantly, we must be grateful for all they do for us.
God made a special promise in the Fifth Commandment. He tells us we will live a long life! Here is the full verse:
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20)
Practice: Think about what you can do today to honor your parents. Include a big “thank you” and a hug. Perhaps obey their requests without making a fuss, and be kind to your family. Your ideas?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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