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Exodus 20:12 - Honor your father and your mother

NIV Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
KJV Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

To honor our heritage gives God glory, but this commandment may seem hard when one has come out of a broken or abusive home.

For those who have experienced this pain, honoring our father and mother is important for a number of reasons. First, it reminds us that we live in a broken world. Second, we come out of our dysfunction as ministers to those who have suffered without God. This also causes us to face our own unforgiveness and uproot the curse of judgment that we can pass to our children.

This commandment is healthy to stable families and healing to unhealthy families.

Today's Commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor Grace NYC

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