Today we will attempt to deal with a couple of the truly difficult commandments in search for the keys to right living. Again, scripture references are Exodus 20 or Deuteronomy 5.
"Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy." I do not propose to discuss the issue of the meaning of the term "sabbath day." Suffice it to say that I view the commandment as an admonition, nay demand, that we observe one day of the week in rest, for that is the crux of the matter.
It is not right and meet that anyone spend every day of his existence in labor. The human spirit, mind and soul, and the human body are not designed to function perpetually like an automaton. God made us, He knows us, so in our best interest He charged us to "take a day off."
Unfortunately, in this day of frenetic living, this commandment is observed more in the breach than in the practice, both within and outside the church. In my opinion, "Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy," does not mean fill your day of rest with a different kind of frenetic activity.
"Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the earth." This may be an even more difficult admonition to deal with. If you were blessed with parents who modeled right living this commandment may be easier to fulfill than it would be were a parent, or parents, dissolute or cold, or were even abusive and treated the child in seriously ugly ways. How to honor such parents?
We might start by noting that "honor" and "respect" are not synonymous terms. Respect is earned, and where earned, respect will be given. In the event, the parents gave us life. To honor the parent may require forgiveness, indeed we forgive whether or not the forgiveness is sought. We forgive, not to benefit the unworthy, but we forgive to our own benefit, for to carry the luggage of unforgiveness is a burden too great to bear. It will ultimately stifle any possibility for spiritual growth.
To follow faithfully these two admonitions, reflect again on Jesus's teaching that we looked at earlier, namely, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself. Master key to right living in all its aspects.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13