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WHAT IS THE 5TH COMMANDMENT?

AUG 15

Exodus 20:12
Memorise Exodus 20:12
“Children obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”

Everyone who is born into this world would have a set of parents. Some would have situations more complicated than others, but generally, we all have a father and a mother. The commandment given here is simple – we honour, respect, cherish, love and obey them, simply because they are your parents.

The concept here is really not difficult to understand, for they are the ones who brought you into this world. They clothed, fed and took care of you when you were a helpless baby. They showered love upon you though you did not deserve it, and spent countless sleepless nights just making sure you were alright. Surely for all that they have done for you, they deserve honour, respect and love in return.

Unfortunately this is not so amongst so many youths of today. We crave independence, and disdain the rules and restrictions that they place upon us. We get easily irritated by their encouragements and advice and instead regard them as nagging and scolding. We think we know what is best for us, and do not want their interference in our lives. We look down upon them because they cannot keep up with the trends and technological advancements of our age. We talk back to them, lie, and even steal from them. Indeed this is the sad state of our society today. Are you guilty of some of these as well?

But then we realize that this should be no surprise to us, as this is what Paul warned us would happen in the last days, that “men shall be… disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy” (2 Timothy 3:2). We know that these are marks of unbelievers, of those whom Paul warns us to turn away from. Yet, it is so sad to see that even Christian teens and youths today are behaving just like the world, rebellious, ungrateful and disobedient.

Dear Teen, are you one who desires to please God in all that you do? Then you must realize that our witness and testimony ought to begin at home. It is no point serving so actively in church, declaring to all that you’re a good Christian, but not honouring your parents.

Thought: I honour my parents, simply because they’re my parents!
Prayer: Lord, help me to be more humble at home, to love, honour, respect and obey my parents.