Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Love your neighbor as yourself (Part 4)

At the beginning of the study on the Ten Commandments we looked at how Jesus summarized the 10 commandments into two simple commands (Matthew 22:37):

  1.            Love the Lord with all your heart (Commandments 1-4)
  2.            Love your neighbor as yourself (Commandments 5-10)

 In the last few Ten Commandment lessons we looked at “Love the Lord with all your heart” by examining the first four commandments.  In this lesson we will begin our look at “Love your neighbor as yourself” by studying the 5thcommandment.

 Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother…”

What does this command mean?

  • Every (prominent) translation reads the same (thy instead of your in the KJV and ASV)
  • Honor: to hold in respect or esteem

God gives insight to why:


“…so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” (HCSB)


Examples of Violations:

Positive Example:

Is this command part of the new law?

·         No – the Old Testament has passed away (see previous outlines)

·         Yes – this command is clearly repeated – Ephesians 6:1-4. Honoring father and mother is a command that lasts a lifetime! If your mom or dad is not a very good person, this command can be a huge challenge. Then we remember 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Conclusion (Personal Application)

  • How can we honor our father and mother through every stage of life (ours and theirs)?
    • As children we should obey
    • As teenagers we should obey and listen to wisdom
    • As young adults we should ask for wisdom
    • As mature adults we should seek their company and wisdom
    • As parents ourselves we should seek their guidance but not have them to do our job
    • As they age and are lonely or need help we should see to their needs
    • We should correct if in error
    • We should share with them the Gospel if they do not know it
  • We are always our parent’s child – no time limit

For our next program is called "You Can Be A Priest of the Order of Melchizedek!" Tune in then to see how you can become a member of this saved priesthood! We hope to see you next time on "Speaking The Truth In Love".