INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS are so important and in need for all of us to continually work on. It is bought to the forefront in the 10 commandments in Exodus 20,12 “Honour your father and Mother“.
Today’s word for you (Friday, 24 April 2015) addresses this topic in the following:
“Honour your father and your mother.” Exodus 20:12 NIV
The first four of the Ten Commandments are about our relationship with God. Now He turns our attention to our relationships with and attitudes towards other people. Honour. It’s not a word you hear bandied about that often (except maybe in Disney’s Mulan. Does that count?…No?…). So, what exactly is “honour”? It means to regard something or someone with great respect. This fifth commandment is calling us to respect our family, and specifically our parents (or for you it might be more about your grandparents, your guardians or maybe even church elders).
No matter what your family situation, God is keen to see you respect and love your family in the same way He respects and loves you. He unfalteringly wants your best and works sacrificial for it. Powerful model. This commandment is a toughie because it can be pretty difficult to respect someone if they don’t respect you and yet this honour should be an overflow of our love for Christ. It’s in those “I’m finding it difficult to love you right now, but I am anyway” moments that we learn how Christ-like we can be. And it’s by our determination to respect our parents, guardians and families in the midst of difficulties that we show the world what it is to know God.
Jesus said “…As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are My disciples…” (John 13:34-35 NIV). So what now? Write a thank you card to someone you look up to, whether it’s a parent/guardian/youth worker/pastor – and try to get the word honour in.
Have you read the word for today?
If you don’t have the word 4 you today sent to you then please email right now to have it sent to you: firstname.lastname@example.org At the Leaders training camp end of May we expect everyone coming, to have their own Word 4 you today with them!
How to have good relationships: Go to this link for good advise and very good bible teaching to follow-up on the topic introduced at youth night. This also very important information and teaching for the coming leaders training weekend 30th of May to the 1st of June.