When do we honor our parents?

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We honor our parents and all those in authority, if in the true fear of God we give them the honor, that God demands, and at all time show that we honor them by our behavior.

Mal. 1:6: A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master.

Rom. 13:7: Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

Lev. 19:32: Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God. I am the Lord.

Assignment: Read 1 Kings 2:19: King Solomon respected his mother, and Gen. 46:29: Joseph’s warm-hearted and loving treatment of his father.

Luther says: “We must, therefore, impress it upon the young, that they should regard their parents as in God`s stead, and remember that however lowly, poor, frail, and odd they may be, nevertheless they are father and mother given them by God. They are not to be deprived of their honor because of their conduct or their failings... Furthermore, that also in our words we observe modesty toward them, do not accost them roughly, haughtily, and defiantly, but yield to them and be silent, even though they go too far.”