Ephesians 6:3 “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise–
Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you”
You honor your father and mother when you are thankful for all they have done for you. You can show your appreciation by valuing their guidance.
We can best honor our parents by forgiving our parents. And this is actually possible, for we serve and imitate a forgiving Savior. In the Bible we see Jesus’s willingness to forgive the ones who had wounded him. We can honor our parents by speaking well to them, to refuse to speak evil of them.
We can also honor our parents when we seek their wisdom through life’s twists and turns. The Bible constantly associates youth with folly and age with wisdom (Proverbs 20:29. With their experience in life, we can learn more from them. God calls every child of every age to show honor to our parents, to refuse to dishonor our parents. He calls us to honor them as the outflow of honoring him. He calls us to be people who respect his sovereignty by respecting the parents he saw fit to give us.