The words, “honor your father,” appear many times throughout the bible. In fact, it’s one of the ten commandments right alongside, “honor your mother.” In fact, it is the first command that provides a promise, “… so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-4
Honor is defined as, “To highly respect or greatly esteem.”
Seven Ways to Honor Your Father
- Praise them publicly.
- Tell him how much he means to you.
- Thank him for all he is and has done for you and your family.
- Point out his strengths.
- Pray for him and thank God for him.
- Forgive him if you hold any unforgiveness in your heart toward him.
- Find little ways to serve him and make him feel special.
You can also find an expanded list of 26 Ways to Bless Your Dad in this previously written article. Blessing your father will not only bless him, but I think you will find it blesses you as well!
We Reap What We Sow
This principle of honoring your father isn’t only for young children still living at home. It’s also for adult children who may very well be fathers now themselves. The bible teaches us that we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). If you want your children to honor you, then honor your own parents. We should model by example anyway. Our children will imitate us whether we want them to or not. How much more of a blessing will it be to be honored because you first honored your own father?
Lord, let me be a great treasure to my family, and You. Keep my ways godly, and help me in small and big ways to honor my own parent’s service to our family. Amen.
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Study God’s Word as it pertains to honoring your father. Put some of those teachings in to practice and watch as your children begin to follow in your footsteps.
This principle of honoring your father isn’t only for young children still living at home. If you want your children to honor you, then honor your own parents.