Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
What is honour and how do I honour my father and my mother?
The word honour means to to be heavy and to be weighty. If it’s heavy and weighty then that means that the honour I give to my father and mother can be felt. “All” honour and glory goes only to the LORD but I am to give my father and mother sufficient honour that it can be felt. It should be felt by me and it should be felt by them. Speaking empty vain words that we don’t mean is not honour. We should speak words that we really mean.
Certainly there are parents in this world that have no idea how to care for and raise a child. There are in fact abusive parents that should not be allowed around children. Even in that situation, we can still be grateful, to the LORD, that He allowed a father and a mother to bring us into this world and give us the breath of life. We are not to condone wrong, but because of the sanctity of life we can still say, with feeling and weight, thank you for giving me life.
It is obvious we have a natural father and mother. However, what about the father and mother of our soul? Are we grateful for existence on earth and do we express that, with feelings that have weight and can be felt? We should express that to our Heavenly Father in our conversations with Him but we should also express that to our brothers and sisters.
According to the model prayer that the Lord Himself gave us in Matthew the sixth chapter, we all have the same Father. He said when we pray we are to approach Him with these words, “Our Father.” So I don’t have to speak the same language as you, be the same color as you, dress like you or go to the same kind of church you do. It is still, “Our Father.”
We do not honour our father and mother when we try to make everyone else see it like we do. If we attack each other because we have different views of something, we dishonour our father and our mother.
1 Corinthians 3:5-6, Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
Give honour that can be felt to the one who gave you life but then give all the honour to God who gives the increase.