28 July 2013 by Natasha Kim-
Parents Day is a day for children to show their parents how grateful they are to have them. It is a day where children of all ages make effort to thank them for their great parenting, which has shaped their lives in such a beautiful way. It is a day for parents to feel special and ultimately, it is a celebration for the entire family!
Puchong Tabernacle Assembly (PTA) celebrated the parent’s day with a special service and a touching singing performance. Each child came up front with gifts and loving hugs at the end of the service to show how much they appreciate their parents.
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)
Parents undoubtedly form the fundamental concept of love for a child. Like the soft clay in the hands of the potter, a child can be molded into the desired shape. And this molding of the child depends on his or her parents, which include the inculcating of life values that determine the child’s future.
Senior Pastor Alex Soh preached about the importance of honoring parents. The verse in Exodus 20:12 does not only apply to children; it also applies to some adults who fail to see.
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful! (Proverbs 23:24-25)
It is important to be wise and gain wisdom from the Word of God.
“There are so many people that give us philosophical thoughts but nothing can compare with the Word of God. That relationship with God and being wise will cause you to have a good moral standard,” shared Alex.
He added, “Getting the right moral standard allows you to be clear about what to do in life and eventually, you will bring joy to your mother and father.”
The way you live should be through this standard.
“Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace.” (Proverbs 19:26)
If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. (Proverbs 20:20-21)
Hence children, do not bring shame to your family but instead bring joy and honor by learning to protect and honor them. Watch your words because your words are very powerful.
“What kind of words come out of your mouth? What comes out from your mouth can bring curses or blessing,” said Alex.
Parents have to know their children’s needs and likewise children as well. Those who do this will be blessed by God!
“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” (Proverbs 23:22)
Furthermore children must also listen to their parents because that is part of honoring them. “This is perhaps the most difficult thing! We are not tuned to listen. We are tuned to make people listen and speak,” said Alex.
If children don’t obey their parents, then it’s wrong because that’s not the way God wants children to behave. Though there are those who choose to live in contradiction to the way God designed it to be, some may view the way as courageous but it is mainly foolish. Those who do listen to their parent’s teachings have so much more to gain, including love. There is so much to gain in the good efforts that you put in. And if you feel like your efforts are not seen by other people, do no fret because God sees it all and is always loving and fair to those who obey His Words.
“Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching” (Proverbs 1:8)
“If you want to see yourself flourish, honor your father and mother. That’s it!” said Alex.
Do this and you will live a fruitful life. Cherish them while they are alive.
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