Jesus called out tensions between youth and elders — between new ways and old. In Matthew 19, he underscored the value of keeping the commandments, referencing “honor your father and mother” as well as “love your neighbor as yourself” (verse 19).
To honor is to respect — to behave in an attentive, appreciative and thoughtful manner toward someone. Honor begets honor; a parent who receives respect returns it to the child. In showing respect, we see the person, not our assumptions or labels. We rely on that person’s counsel, because we are mindful of her wisdom and abilities.
To “love” is to have abiding affection and attachment. How would our lives change if we approached neighbors from a place of “affection” and “attachment”? Respect isn’t reserved for elders. Affection doesn’t cease once a child reaches a certain
age. Growth continues through every stage, not just a season of a life. Jesus would have us love and honor people, not age groups.
This message is an excerpt from “Generations, Jesus & conflict” by Karris A. Golden in the May 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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