Honor Your Parents

Week of 6.19.2022 | Day Two

The Fifth Commandment marks a shift from our heavenly relationship to our earthly relationships. Commandments One through Four are about honoring our relationship with God. Five through Ten are about honoring our relationship with one another. This commandment is essential to being able to rightly obey the rest of the commandments that relate to our earthly relationships. 

In the Fifth Commandment we see God’s desire for us to honor the closest figure of earthly authority we have, our parents. It is for children of all ages, not just young kids.This commandment also extends to honoring our spiritual family within the church, our spiritual parents or elders.  

Jesus fulfilled this commandment perfectly, honoring both His earthly parents and His Heavenly Father, God. His perfect example makes it possible for us to lovingly submit to God’s authority on earth as it will be done in heaven, for eternity.


The Donut Man

Q10 – What Does the Law Require in the Fourth and Fifth Commandments?
New City Catechism

Be Thou My Vision
Keith & Kristyn Getty


Ephesians 6:1-4


According to the text, why should children obey and honor their parents?
Help kids point out the specific ways from the text. You can also help them understand that as children, you honor your parents by obeying what they tell you. As an adult, you honor your parents differently, not by obeying what they tell you to do, but treating them with dignity and respect, caring for them and not isolating yourself from them.

Parents, what is your responsibility according to this passage?

What are ways that you might have provoked your children to wrath?

How can you bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord?


Take time to pray together asking God to help you honor and obey your parents out of love for Him. 

Family Challenge

Discuss ways that each member of the family can show honor to the authorities in your life and to God. Write it down as a visual reminder and encourage each other throughout the week by praying that you would outdo one another in showing honor.