The Commandment We Forgot
A commandment from God. A commandment with a promise. A commandment we forgot. We are all children, we ought to pursue God's blessings, and we need to give prominence to God's prominent command: Honor your father and your mother....
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A commandment from God. A commandment with a promise. A commandment we forgot.
We are all children, we ought to pursue God's blessings, and we need to give prominence to God's prominent command: Honor your father and your mother. For these reasons, we can no longer ignore the forgotten Fifth Commandment.
This commandment is not just for children. Rather, it pertains to the whole of life and to every person of every age. In the home, the church, and the workplace, it provides a stable foundation for all of society. Yet, we often neglect it and fail to appreciate its relevance to our lives. It is the commandment we forgot.
This booklet is a brief exploration of the Fifth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother. It answers important questions relevant to every Christian: Does this commandment expire when we move out of our parents' home and gain our independence? Does it cease being relevant once we are married? Is obedience synonymous with honor? Do we need to be prepared to provide for them financially? What if our parents are especially difficult or unworthy of respect?
My hope is that this booklet will restore the centrality of the fifth commandment, even and especially to adults. Let's look together to the Bible and, ultimately, to Jesus Christ as the perfect fulfillment of the commandment we forgot.
A pastor, noted speaker, and author of numerous articles, Tim Challies is a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere. Over 20,000 people visit Challies.com each day, making it one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs in the world. Tim is also the editor of DiscerningReader.com, a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. Tim is the author of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment and Sexual Detox. He and his family reside near Toronto, Ontario.
- <p>introduction</p><p>1. Promises Of Blessing, Threats Of Judgment<br />
- 2. Momentary Obedience, Forever Honor<br />
- 3. One Man&#39;s Honor Is Another Man&#39;s Shame<br />
- 4. Practical Ways To Honor Your Parents<br />
- 5. The Tricky Matter Of Money<br />
- 6. When Honor Is Hard<br />
- 7. A Parent Who Is Worthy Of Honor</p><p>notes</p>