Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."
The sentiment of honor is one of the noblest and purest of our nature. Nothing brings truer honor than giving honor to others. This attitude ought to be cultivated most carefully in the child, as an important part of his education. It is one of the chief elements of a noble character, and prepares the child for rendering to God the honor due to Him.
Scripture teaches us to honor God, to honor all men, to honor the widows, to give honor to whom honor is due. If these principles are to be obeyed by our children, they must prepare for it by learning first to honor their parents. If they are to honor God, they must begin by honoring their parents. In later life they must honor all men by recognizing, even in the most lowly and lost person, the worth that belongs to them as created in the image of God. To do this they must be carefully prepared for it in the school of family life.
Learning to honor others creates a pleasant home atmosphere and puts the relationship of parents and child in its proper perspective. It also prepares the child for all his future relationships to God and his fellow-men. Honoring others is one of the foundation stones of noble character and a holy life. Parents should study how they can train their children to fulfill this commandment.
Excerpt taken from Raising your Children for Christ by Andrew Murray. This excerpt can be found in Chapter 13. Public Domain.