Honouring your Father
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
Exodus 20:12
The third Sunday of June, every year, children consciously lay it to heart to appreciate, celebrate and honour their fathers. The initiator of father’s day was one Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. At 16 years old, her father became a widower and was left to raise Dodd and her five younger brothers alone. In 1909, she was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon when she realized the need for a day to celebrate fathers, especially her own. What started as one young lady’s tribute to her father, turned into a life-long mission for a day to honour all fathers globally.
In the passage under review, we are instructed to honour our fathers. We are expected to honour both our biological and spiritual fathers. Apostle Paul, a spiritual father said, “For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.”
1 Corinthians 4:15-16
What is honour?
Honour is about esteeming or regarding someone or something very highly. Do you regard your father highly? What do you do to show him you esteem him for loving, guiding, training and nourishing you? You can remember his birthday or special days like anniversaries. Give him gifts or venison. (Venison is anything
he likes so much that could provoke him to bless you.)
Now let’s consider 3 reasons you must honour your father:
1. Because the Word of God says so!
“Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
Ephesians 6:2-3
Honouring your father is not based on whether he deserves it or has earned your respect. Honouring him is based on whether or not you choose to obey God’s word over your feelings or hurts.
2. Because your father has power to bless or curse you!
“And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.”
Genesis 27:4
Like Isaac, every father is empowered by God to bless his children. Wisdom demands that you do those things that command blessings instead of curses. Remember that Jacob cursed his firstborn son, Reuben: “Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.”
Genesis 49:4
3. Because you came into this world through him.
“Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.”
Proverbs 23:22
God did not make a mistake to have allowed your father to father you! He may not be the best dad, maybe because he denied your conception, rejected you or refused to cater for your education, but know that God still expects you to honour him. It is for your own good to honour him.
I decree and declare that you will procure blessings from your biological and spiritual fathers in Jesus mighty name.
Yours sincerely,
Joe Jesimiel Ogbe