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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
Honoring parents is not the privilege of young children alone. Children who still live at home with their parents are of course, expected to love them, be obedient, and esteem them as blessed gifts of God. Adult children, even more, ought to have learned to honor their parents. They should not mock their mother or father, but instead, look to their needs, and care for them as they would have their own children care for them. We know these things, and are duty-bound both to our parents and to God to do them.
Prayer: Raise me up in your grace, O God, that I may keep your commandments. Amen.
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