It Is Not Conditional
“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (v. 12).
I grew up with the understanding that honoring my father was the only commandment to which a promise was directly attached. I wanted to honor him, but in my mind, I felt that my father had to earn my honor toward him. I grew up harboring anger and bitterness, scanning his actions as I decided whether to approve them or to judge him through the lens of my self-imposed oversight. Over the years, my dad came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and just as I was starting to truly honor him, he passed away. I realized I had subconsciously conditioned my decision to honor him based on my own understanding of grace and my unwillingness to love my father. Do you have any father figure in your life whom you might be responding to the same way?
Lord, help us to see our own father figures as Christ sees them. AMEN.