The Ten Commandments | The Fourth Commandment
“Honor your father and mother.” – Exodus 20:12
God created us to love those in authority over us – especially our parents. That means we listen to them, we obey, we value them, and look for ways to serve them.
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The Fourth Commandment: Honor Your Father and Mother
This is the only commandment that also comes with a promise. God attaches the command to honor parents with the promise. This doesn’t automatically mean that life with your parents is easy, but God does want to teach us to honor our parents and other authorities (like teachers, pastors, police officers, etc…)
Parent Cue: Meal Time
Have some fun with this one. Ask your kids, if you were parent for a day, what rules would you change? Then flip the conversation and tell your kids how you’d act for the day if they were in charge.
From the Small Catechism
The Third Commandment:
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.
At bed time read Proverbs 22:6 and ask your kids, “What are the most important things that I can teach you?” Remind them how much you love them and value them and pray for them.
While you’re driving, help your kids think of some ways they can serve someone who is in authority over the. This might be another parent, a friend’s parent, a teacher, a coach. Come up with something they can do that isn’t expected of them.
Role play a conversation about wanting to hang out with a bad group of friends. But instead of being yourself, have your kids be the parents and you be the kids. While being the kid, push to have time to hang out with friends while your kids try to come up with the best ways to explain to you why that’s not a good idea.