I wrote this a few years ago and re-posting it with Mom’s Day today and Father’s Day coming up.
The Ten Commandment are given to us to protect and enhance our daily lives. A young child is taught to respect the commandments and all of the scriptures. Hopefully through, and with, the love of their parents or some other loving individual.
Many times the commandment, “Honor your mother and father” is taught by an abusive person as a means of control and manipulation. His/her distorted version of this commandment can and does cause many problems later in life for the survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
It can also distort His word for those who have been physically or emotionally abused. Particularly if that abuse was from those closest to the child, the parent.
“These are the commandments the Lord
proclaimed in a loud voice…
Honor your father and your mother
as the Lord your God has commanded you,
so that you may live long and that it
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