by Rick White

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Fulfilling Family Love (5 of 10)
Series: The Original Top Ten List
Rick White
Exodus 20:12

Message Truth: God is very interested in our relationships. Our relationship to Him is covered by the first four commandments. However, He is also concerned with our human relationships (covered in the next six commandments). Basic to all other human relationships is the relationship that we have to other members of our family. How we relate to each other as family members will influence the way we relate to others beyond our family.

Introduction: A poll conducted by Family Circle magazine found that most adults in this country think they are better morally than others. The survey questions had to do with how well respondents follow the Ten Commandments and how well they think their fellow citizens do. When asked about each of the commandments one at a time, a much higher percentage of people said they obeyed it in comparison to the number who thought their neighbors did so. For example;
• 81% claimed they followed the first commandment by worshipping only the one true God but said that only 49% of other people did.
• using God's name in vain 64% vs. 15%,
• keeping the Sabbath 64% vs. 22%,
• honoring parents 95% vs. 49%,
• committing adultery 86% vs. 45%,
• stealing 90% vs. 54%,
• and coveting 76% vs. 23%.

Why does God place so much emphasis on this commandment?
• A Biblical Perspective
Col. 3:20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

Eph. 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.

John 19:27 Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her into his own {household.}

Exod. 21:17 "And he who curses his father ...

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