In our Word of the Week, Pastor Mark Tiefel looks at the word “respect.” The Bible has much to say about respect, especially as it pertains to the respect that children are to have for parents and grandparents. Ephesians 6:1-3 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” Having respect for the elderly benefits not just the elderly, but us as well. When the family falls apart, so does respect, and the Bible has much to say about the effects of disrespect. Isaiah 3:5 says, “The people will be oppressed, Every one by another and every one by his neighbor; The child will be insolent toward the elder, And the base toward the honorable.” Respect is important because it mirrors our respect for God. A lack of respect for elders probably means that there is also a lack of respect for God. We pray that this study will help you see the benefits and blessings of a proper respect for elders.
September 19, 2017