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If I profess to be a practicing Christian, the reality of my faith will be reflected in my attitude towards the elderly in general and to my own parents in particular. First, I am called to respect old age itself. The Word of God tells me to “Show respect to old people; rise up in their presence….” (Leviticus 19:32 NCV).
How long has it been since you saw a younger person rise to give his or her seat to an older one? Just as a matter of common courtesy, do our own children get to their feet when their grandparents come into the room? And when grandpa is out of earshot, are our words indicative of a spiritual obedience and a decision to indeed “Honor our father and our mother”?
I believe that “honoring” or valuing our parents includes all of this.
Connected Bible reading portion: Genesis 17:1; Deuteronomy 34 1-7; Luke 2:25-38; Titus 2:1-5
Source: Confident Living Magazine.