“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that is may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
(Ephesian 6:1-3, NKJV)
It is comforting to know that the Bible contains a message for every human being, including our children.
In our text, Paul encourages youth to practice two things. Young people, if you will trust God and practice these two things, God promises you a long life, and a good life. Please understand this is a general promise, so don’t lose faith in God if tragedy strikes your life, or a close friend’s life is cut short. You see, sin prevails on the earth, and is it no respecter of persons.
Most young people know someone who doesn’t obey their parents. Disobedience will only grow worse and worse, just as the Bible predicted that it would. The book of Romans speaks of those who are “…disobedient to parents…” (Rom. 1:30). But, your parents know what is best for you. God gave you parents for your protection and He expects them to teach you about Him. It is right to listen to them as they teach you about God.
As you grow older, you will learn to “honor your father and mother”. Not only will you respect them as they grow older, but you will care for them when they can no longer take care of themselves.
God blesses those who practice these two things with a good and long life.