In this 4th Grade lesson, we study the 4th Commandment. We will understand better what it means to "honor" someone and why honoring our parents and other people in authority is important.
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Our parents have the important job of raising us to be good and faithful servants of God. They have the responsibility to teach us, keep us safe and healthy, and to be good examples for us. This is not easy! God knows how important a parent’s job is, so He gave us the fourth Commandment: honor your father and mother. This Commandment tells us how we can help them do their job.
What does God mean by the word honor? Many things! To honor someone means to show them love and respect. It means being obedient and thankful. These are all things we must do for our parents. We honor our parents by our words and our deeds. Let’s list a few ways we can honor our parents:
1. Saying “I love you.”
2. Doing chores without being asked.
3. Drawing a nice picture.
4. Saying “thank you” when they do something nice or special for us.
5. Asking them how they are doing.
6. Doing homework without fussing.
We must also honor other people who have authority over us. Let’s list some of these people:
1. Priests and bishops
4. Our friend’s parents
5. Other adults in our family
6. Policemen and Firefighters
These people have the same responsibility to take care of us, so we must show them the same honor that we must show our parents. You don’t have to love these people as much as you love your parents, but it’s good to love them for their ability to take care of you.
How do we break the fourth Commandment? By not showing love and respect to the people we should, and by not being obedient and thankful. Let’s list some of the deeds that break the fourth Commandment:
2. Using bad words
3. Calling names
4. Making faces when upset
5. Throwing a tantrum when told to do something.
6. Not doing what you are told.
7. Slamming doors
Can you think of more deeds that break the fourth Commandment?
There is only one time when you may break this Commandment. If anyone in authority asks you or tells you to sin, you must say no. It is more important not to sin! It’s good to remember that our parents have the job of helping us know, love, and serve God. When we honor them, we honor God, too.
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In this lesson we learned that:
We must honor our parents because they help us know, love, and serve God.
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