Today's Verse: Proverbs 23:22

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
— Proverbs 23:22
Now you can listen to Today's Verse on iTunes, Spotify, Echo devices, and more!

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

"Honor your father and mother..." (Exodus 20:12) is one of God's Ten Commandments. This is basic to God's plan for our lives. Families must be built on God's covenant of grace. Children learning to respect and obey their parents brings many blessings to the family, community, and culture. This early parental training helps children with the self-discipline they need throughout their lives. As adults, we preserve the dignity of our parents and teach our children important life lessons when we honor and respect our parents appropriately. Let's not get swept up in our era of parent-bashing and laissez-faire child-rearing. Let's bless our parents in ways that honor God and teach our children to do the same. (If your parents were ungodly or abusive, find older folks in your church family for your emotional and spiritual support while treating your physical parents with honesty, respect, and integrity as much as possible and honorable.)

My Prayer...

Loving Father and eternal God, thank you for my parents — physical and spiritual. Bless them with what they most need to find their way home to you. Please give me the wisdom to know the most appropriate way to show my love and respect to my parents. Most of all, Father, please help them to see that my love and character come from you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Comments

Archived Facebook Comments

Other Devotionals from Heartlight for Wednesday, July 12, 2023

A daily guide from the gospels that challenges readers to live for Jesus.
"As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home....."
A daily devotional featuring wise counsel found in Scripture.
"Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king."
A daily passage of Scripture emphasizing praise to our God.
"May all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, "God is great!" But as for me,...."
A one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts.
"Peter finally came to his senses [after the angel released him from prison]. "It's really true!" he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me....."

Illustration

Illustration of Proverbs 23:22 — Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.