Ephesians 6:1–4 (ESV)
Children and Parents
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not
provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
In further teaching us to walk in love, today’s reading is a reminder of the Fourth Commandment: “Honor
your Father and Mother”. It is called the first commandment with a promise... “that you may live long.” Now, if we could only get our kids to honor this! Gee... I bet God is saying “if only the Christians would honor this.”
We are God’s children. And as you know... all Christians get along with each other! Well... we should at least. Or maybe I should say that as a Christian, I/(we) often behave like children. At least as a father, I behave as a
child when I provoke my children to anger. I guess we are still a work in progress!
I pray: O Lord, help me to obey my parents and those who hold authority over me. Help me to not behave
like a little child. And Lord, help me to not provoke my children, or anybody else to anger. I repent of the way I have acted and I want to do better. Forgive me Lord and renew a right spirit within me. Amen.