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 sacrificially 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.
Soulfood : Acts 18-19, Matt 5:1-5, Ps 144:1-8, Prov 11:10-11