Honoring Your Father and Mother

Honor your father and your mother.
(Have I made every effort to show members of my immediate family, especially my parents, all the love, consideration and respect that I can?)

Westminster Larger Catechism – On the Fifth Commandment
Question 127 — What is the honor that children owe to their parents? The honor which children owe to their parents is, all due reverence in heart, word, and behavior; prayer and thanksgiving for them; imitation of their virtues and graces; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; due submission to their corrections; fidelity to, defense and maintenance of their persons and authority; bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love, that so they may be an honor to them and to their government.
Question 128—What are the sins of children against their parents? The sins of children against their parents are, all neglect of the duties required toward them; envying at, contempt of, and rebellion against, their persons and places, in their lawful counsels, commands, and corrections; cursing, mocking, and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a shame and dishonor to them and their government.

Question 129 — What is required of parents towards their children? It is required of parents, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to love, pray for, and bless their children; to instruct, counsel, and admonish them; countenancing, commending, and rewarding such as do well; and discountenancing, reproving, and chastising such as do ill; protecting, and providing for them all things necessary for soul and body: and by grave, wise, holy, and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God, honor to themselves, and so to preserve that authority which God has put upon them.

Question 130 — What are the sins of parents? The sins of parents are, besides the neglect of the duties required of them, an inordinate seeking of themselves, their own glory, ease, profit, or pleasure; commanding things unlawful, or not in the power of children to perform; counseling, encouraging, or favoring them in that which is evil; dissuading, discouraging, or discountenancing them in that which is good; correcting them unduly; careless exposing, or leaving them to wrong, temptation, and danger; provoking them to wrath; or any way dishonoring themselves, or lessening their authority, by an unjust, indiscreet, rigorous, or remiss behavior.

 

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