- The parental commandment is intentionally situated as the bridge between the vertical and horizontal ones.
- God provides parents to serve as a tangible example of His goodness and guidance.
- To honor one’s parents is to give weight to their unique role.
- The inclusion to honor one’s mother was a distinction of biblical faith in a world that devalued women.
- In an order of diminishing consequences per command, this parental one is valued higher than all remaining.
- God promises long life for obedient children because they are guaranteed to do less stupid things that might get them killed.
- Children who dishonor parents will most likely show defiance to all other authority figures (Rom. 1:30).
- You aren’t loving your children if you leave their rebellious ways unchallenged (Prov. 13:24).
- Children still dependent upon their parents need to obey them as long as their expectations aren’t sinful (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20)
- God never provides an age limit to the expectation of honoring one’s parents.
- Your parents don’t have to be honorable for you to show them honor.
- Where it is challenging to honor the personalities of your parent, you can always show honor to the position of your parent.
- The way you care for your parents’ needs indicates how you value God’s commands (1 Tim. 5:8).