Honor: Remember the first commandment with a promise!

symbols of honor

Who do you honor? Firstly, let’s be the dads who honor our wives! Secondly, let’s be the dads who honor our kids! Finally, let’s be the dads who model the commandment of God that tells us to honor our parents.

What does it mean or look like to honor someone?

Firstly, let’s honor people by esteeming them! Secondly, let’s honor people by demonstrating their value as precious! Finally, let’s honor people by being respectful of them!

Honor your parents for it comes with a promise

Today’s Verse of the Day:

HONOR [esteem, value as precious] YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise— SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY HAVE A LONG LIFE ON THE EARTH.

Ephesians 6:2-3 AMP

What will encourage you to honor others?

Does it require a commandment from God? Does it require a promise from God? Will you just decide to live your life in a way that will show God’s love to others by honoring them? Let’s obey God’s commands, especially when they come with a promise that life will go well for us. The key is to be intentional in living out your role as a father, seeking God’s guidance, and striving to be the best dad you can be for your wife, children, and the world around you.

So how can we put today’s verse of the day into practice to help us be the dads God created, purposed, and planned for us to be?

Applications of today’s verse of the day:

  • Honor and respect your own parents: By showing respect and honor to your own parents, you set an example for your children and demonstrate the importance of family relationships and respect.
  • Be present and engaged: Spend quality time with your wife and children, actively participating in their lives. Show interest in their activities, listen to their concerns, and be available to provide guidance and support.
  • Lead by example: Model the behavior and values you want your children to emulate. Demonstrate love, kindness, integrity, and faith in your daily interactions with your family and the world.
  • Provide for your family: Embrace your role as a provider and work diligently to meet the needs of your family. This includes not only financial provision but also emotional support, guidance, and encouragement.
  • Foster open communication: Create an environment where open and honest communication is encouraged. Be approachable, listen actively, and communicate your own thoughts and feelings effectively.
  • Teach and instruct: Take an active role in the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual development of your children. Share biblical principles, teach life skills, and provide guidance and wisdom to help them navigate challenges.
  • Be a protector: Safeguard the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of your family. Take responsibility for their safety and security, both in the home and in the broader world.
  • Cultivate a loving and supportive marriage: Prioritize your relationship with your wife and work together to build a strong foundation of love, trust, and mutual respect. A healthy marriage provides stability and security for your children.
  • Show grace and forgiveness: Just as God extends grace and forgiveness to us, be quick to forgive your children’s mistakes and shortcomings. Offer guidance and discipline with love and understanding, emphasizing reconciliation and growth.
  • Be a positive influence in the world: Extend your impact beyond your immediate family by being actively involved in your community, church, or charitable organizations. Use your influence to make a positive difference in the lives of others and reflect God’s love for the world.

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