It is a good thing to set aside a day to honour our parents, but not just one day – it should be every day! Today is Mothers’ Day, and it has been celebrated in North America since 1914 under President Woodrow Wilson.
The fifth commandment reads, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee”[Exodus 20:12]. This is the first commandment with promise – that of long life.
The first four commandments give our duty towards God. The fifth one is the first directed towards our duty to others. Absalom rebelled against his father David and died a young man.
Disobedience and disrespect towards our parents is a sign of the last days [2 Timothy 3:2]. How do we honour our parents? By loving them. They brought us into the world and cared for us, and we ought to reverence them. Sadly today, many make light of them in word and deed, but God said, “Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother” [Deuteronomy 27:16]. When we obey our parents we follow the example of Christ [See Luke 2:51].
Why should we honour our parents? Because God commands it, and this underlines its importance. They deserve our honour. Bad indeed is the parent unworthy of the least honour of his or her children. God is pleased with our respect for our parents. [Colossians 3:20]
“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord.”