Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise ;)” (Eph. 6:2).
READ: Ephesians 6:1-3
A wise person can be identified by his or her attitude to correction. Another way of identifying the wise is by discerning his ability to give joy to his or her parents. Proverbs 10:1 says, “The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother”. Your ability to always make your father happy makes you a wise child. One exemplary case here is our Lord Jesus Christ. He was a joy to be with at all times. According to Luke 2:40-52, He was missing from the company of His parents one day and they were plunged into sorrow. “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart” (Luke 2:51). As a twelve-year-old, Jesus was totally obedient to His parents. A child that completely submits to his or her parents, and obeys them, that will make them happy. Do you give your biological parents joy? To what extent do you submit to them? Or do you disrespect them because you are now in a boarding school or university? Today’s reading commands you to obey and honour your earthly parents. As an adult, have you forsaking your aging parents? If you are a wise child, you would care for them until they depart from this world. If Jesus were to meet with your parents today, can they say you have given them joy?
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” (Eph. 6:1). Besides giving joy to his or her biological parents, a wise person will also give joy to his or her spiritual parents-especially God. Again, the Lord Jesus Christ is our example here. He pleased God to a point that God twice audibly testified that he was well pleased with Him. Is God pleased with you? Do you make His work and will as important as your daily meal? (John 4:34). What of your church leaders? Do you give them joy in the way you relate with them? Or, are you making them regret having you as a spiritual child? It is only a wise child that would love, respect, intercede for, and obey his or her spiritual parents. Some blessings are channeled to you through your parents; it is when you give them joy that they will agree with Heaven for them to be release to you. What are you doing to give joy to your parents?
Respect and honour spiritual and biological parents always.
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