I had the uncomfortable opportunity to watch a teenaged girl straight disrespect her mother in front of a lot of people yesterday. Her mother told her to do something that wasn’t going to hurt her, embarrass her or cause her to do something wrong. The teenager stood up, stomped as she walked, poked her lips out and said she was just going to stand there. Her mother was embarrassed because the girl disrespected her in front of everyone there. This passage came to mind:
Ephesians 6:1-3 – 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.”
Some professionals might try to make this an issue that stems from what the mother did or didn’t do. Some might say she is angry with her mother for some reason or the other. Read this: There is never an excuse to disrespect your parents. I think I stayed angry with my parents nearly all my teen life, but I didn’t disrespect them. The times I got angry at them was because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do or they made me do something I didn’t want to do.
Lets look at two ponts in the passage above. “First commandment with promise” and “you may live long”. Obeying your parents is a commandment (Exodus 20:12). When you obey your parents, the Lord has some promises He’s made that will be granted to you. Nearly everyone wants to live long and live comfortably. If that’s you, respect your parents.
Respect them even when you don’t understand what they are doing or saying. Obey them even when it means you can’t do what you want to do. God has placed a charge on their lives to raise you to be a loving and responsible adult. Please don’t disrespect your parents!