CHILDREN BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE BY PASTOR (MRS.) OLANIKE BANSO
TOPIC: SHOWING RESPECT AND HONOUR TO YOUR PARENTS (PART 2)
TEXT: 1 Kings 2:19
MEMORY VERSE: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12 NKJV).
INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this study, we saw how King Solomon; the wisest, richest and most famous king of his time showed great respect and honour to his mother. 1 Kings 2:19 says, “The king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand.”
We also identified people in the Bible who gave respect and honour to their parents and learnt ways to show respect and honour to your parents. Can you mention some of them?
In the second part of this study, we shall consider more ways to show respect and honour to our parents.
WAYS TO RESPECT AND HONOUR YOUR PARENTS
7. Provide for them and be generous to them as God blesses you (1Timothy 5:8).
8. Spend time with them or keep in touch with them. Don’t let them be lonely in their old age (Proverbs 19:26).
9. Don’t cheat them or rob them (Proverbs 28:24).
10. Make their last days on earth joyful and peaceful. Don’t be a problem to them in their old age. Let their grey hair come to the grave in peace (Genesis 37:35; Proverbs 15:13).
11. Give them a befitting burial when they die (Genesis 50:1-14).
REASONS TO RESPECT AND HONOUR YOUR PARENTS
1. It is a command from God (Exodus 20:12).
2. So that you can live long (Exodus 20:12).
3. To be a good example to others who do not treat their parents well (Titus 2:7a).
4. So that our parents can bless us and pray for us. God hears our parents’ prayers over us (Genesis 49:1, 22-25)
5. Whatever a man sows is what he will reap. Treat your parents as you want your children to treat you (Galatians 6:7).
6. You will prosper and increase (Proverbs 11:24).
CONTEMPORARY STORIES ABOUT HOW PEOPLE TREAT AND HONOUR THEIR PARENTS
STORY ONE: I read this story in a newspaper many years ago when I was in the secondary school. It goes thus: An aged man lived with his son and his son’s wife, but they both treated the old man badly. The little son of the man would always watch how they treated his grandfather and he was not happy at all. One day, they decided to get rid of the man. They put the old man in a basket with a cover and the man carried him on his head, leaving the house.
The little boy asked the father; “Dad, where are you taking grandpa to?” The man said he was going to throw him away. The little boy said, “Please daddy, after throwing grandpa away, please help me bring back the basket so that when you also get old, I will use it to throw you away.”
MORAL LESSON: The way you treat your parents now is how your own children will treat you in your old age.
STORY TWO: I read this story on the internet. A son took his old father to a restaurant. The father dropped food on his clothes because he was old and weak. While other people at the restaurant were disgusted about the whole mess, the son was calm and didn’t feel embarrassed. After food, he took the father to the washroom, cleaned him up, combed his hair, fixed his eye glasses well for him, took him by the hand and left with him. Everybody watched them in amazement. Another old man then stood up and said, “This young man has left a lesson for every son and hope for every father.”
MORAL LESSON: To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honours.
CONCLUSION: No matter who and what you become in life, and no matter how great, wealthy, successful or influential you become, you must still honour and respect your parents. No matter what wrong your parents do to you, don’t pay back evil for evil to your parents. Romans 12:17-18 says “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.”
I know someone whose father didn’t fulfill his responsibilities over and whose father didn’t pay her school fees from primary school to the university, but who now feeds the father and sends money home for the father’s upkeep. That is a daughter who will live long and whom God will bless abundantly. So love your parents, care for them, respect them, and honour them so that you will experience Psalm 115:14-15, which says, “May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”STAY BLESSED!
Pastor (Mrs) Olanike Banso is a servant of God in Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria. She has a ministry to children.
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