Honor your parents. We listened as our parents told us to honor them, and now we teach our children to honor us. But, do we realize that God blesses thousands of generations after us because of our faithfulness to his commandments?
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments…” Deuteronomy 7:9 NKJV
I found this video that is an eloquent portrayal about how to honor your parents.
The Psychology of Generational Blessings
In family psychology, there is an understanding that we do for our children, not so they will return the favor, but knowing that they will do for their children. In other words, we model for the next generation how to treat our grandchildren. The cycle continues generation after generation—or so we hope, if it’s good behavior.
The same thing happens in the other direction in regard to honoring our parents. Our children carefully watch how we treat their grandparents. When they are adults, it is likely they will treat us they same way they have seen modeled. If our hearts are filled with Jesus’ love, our love for our parents will be a natural outflow. That our children see this modeled is a side benefit, not the reason we do it.
God Blesses Those Who Obey “Honor Your Parents.”
That brings us to the verse from Deuteronomy printed above. Showing respect to our parents is a blessing that keeps giving generation after generation. When I look ahead to a time long after I am gone, I pray that the way that I respected and honored my parents will show up in the way successive generations honor their parents. After all, as we learned in an earlier post, the commandment to honor our parents includes the promise “that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 That is a promise I would love to pass down through many generations of my children and grandchildren—all because each one chose to follow the commandment to honor their parents.