Honor Your Father and Mother

Honor Your Father and Mother

Youth Fellowship

April 9, 2015

Summarized & Reflected by Lynden Tablante

The onslaught of child-centered parenting, self-esteem psychology and narcissistic culture has undoubtedly produced a massive generation of selfish youngsters in our society today. It is no surprise to note, then, that despite familiarity with this commandment, we (children and parents alike) tend to trivialize its worth and reduce its meaning to our own terms.

It is on this note that Kuya Dennis Tablante,  the first-time speaker in SGCC’s Young People Fellowship last April 9, opened the lecture on this subject by laying the very foundation of the fifth commandment, which is to first “love God with all your heart, soul and mind.”  He emphatically pointed out that one’s vertical relationship with God has to be established first before one is even capable of fulfilling any of the next five to ten commandments which pertain to the horizontal relationship of man with others – parents, being the first.  Corollarily, if one does not honor his parents (the closest human relation), how can he ever say he loves God?

Verses in the Old and New Testaments ( ex. Deuteronomy 27:16; Exodus 20:12; Jeremiah 35:18-19; Malachi 1:6; Matthew 15:3-6; Mark 7:9-13; Ephesians 6:1-2; 2 Tim 3:1-5) were cited to further stress the premises and the promises of this commandment.

The attendees, composed of 50 young people and 7 adults (including ? first-time visitors) were divided into groups for the breakout sessions. Based on specific guide questions, the facilitators (Ate Lani Caparas, Ate Precy Salvador, Ate Lynden Tablante, Kuya  Louie Berongoy and Kuya John Paul Tolosa) were tasked to draw out from each participant his views, reflections, experiences or reactions. This exercise helped the participants thresh out issues that needed to be raised and/or resolved in the question-and-answer portions.

Of the practical applications mentioned, here are some of those most appreciated by the members:

  1. Dearly love your parents. Delight to be in their company.
  2. Allow your parents to choose your companions/friends. “It is better to be alone than in bad company”
  3. Seek your parent’s advice and guidance in the choice of your career, vocation, or trade of life.
  4. Do not marry without your parents’ consent. Gen 2:24; 6:2; 26:34,35; 28:2; 29:18
  5. Honor your parents both in your thoughts, and speeches, and behavior.
  6. Be contented with your parent’s provision. Do not complain or murmur when given tasks/chores/responsibilities. Humble yourselves and submit yourselves to any work/ labor your parents shall appoint you to.  Numbers 16; Luke 15; Gen 37:14; 1 Sam 17:20
  7. Be willing and thankful to be instructed by your parents, or any of your teachers, but especially about the fear of God, and the matters of your salvation. Matthew 19:1
  8. Patiently submit to the correction which your parents lay upon you. Prov 13:24; Prov 22:15; Prov 23:13,14; 19:
  9. Repay your parents by taking care of them . 1 Tim 5:4
  10. Imitate the good in your parents, both when they are living, and when they are dead. 1 Cor 11:1
Even without the use of a microphone, the speaker’s message was loud and clear: ” Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise!”  May these words continue to reverberate in our souls and translate in our daily dealings with our respective parents. Our society, including ourselves, may have belittled the value of this precious commandment; but it is time we seriously apply it, that we may experience God’s wonderful promise and bring utmost honor and glory to His name!

Summarized & Reflected by Lynden Tablante

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