- My ABC Bible Verses(which tells a story about this verse and how important it is to honor your parents)
- Jesus A to Z
- Five Minute Devotions for Children
- More Five Minute Devotions for Children
- The Jesus Storybook Bible
When our children disobey us, the first thing we ask them is, "what does God tell you to do?" They know the correct response is, "honor your Father and Mother."
We then ask them, "Is what you did just now a good way to honor Daddy or Mommy?" They know the answer to this from an early age, "no".
Even our 18 month old knows that she is not allowed to scream at us or to us for something she wants. She knows that when she does this, her actions are telling us she is not honoring us.
By using all the tools attached here today, you can begin helping your children learn this very important verse quickly.
Upon waking up, recite it to them and with them. Even if they are not talking yet, act like they are as you say it to them slowly. Tell them what it means to honor you. Give them examples. God gives us many examples in His word for us to know exactly how to honor Him.
We honor God by obeying Him.
We honor God by using our mouth for love.
We honor God by listening when He tells us something.
We honor each other by helping and serving one another.
We honor our friends by sharing and letting them go first.
It is important for children to know that before anything they want, honoring you as the parent must come first. They must learn to honor you or they will struggle with desiring to honor God whom they can't see.
Encourage your children using this verse as well. When they do something that pleases you or that you asked them to do without any fuss, praise them and say, "that was a wonderful way to honor Mommy/Daddy! Great job! Thank you for wanting to honor me with your actions, words, etc."
Something I like to remind myself is the word of God is first for instruction/encouragement, reproof and lastly correction. Try to use the word of God to encourage your children and teach them how joyful their lives will be when they allow it to direct their life!