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From the Confessions: The Small Catechism
The Fourth Commandment
Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).
What does this mean?
Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.
Pulling It Together
Even Jesus honored his parents with submissive behavior (Luke 2:51). This pleased his mother, and it pleases the Father when we follow the Lord’s example by being obedient to our parents. Parents are second to God alone as authorities and examples for their children. So, children are to submit to their fathers and mothers in all matters unless it goes against God’s word (Acts 5:29).
Prayer: Lord, help me trust in you through those you have placed in authority over me. Amen.
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