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We greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  On behalf of the members and staff of St. Luke Church of God in Christ, we pray that God's blessings and favor will surround you.

Pastor Frank and Mrs. Lela Howard

Weekly Devotion
LISTEN TO YOUR ELDERS
by Lela Howard

“Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22

We live in an age where many young people are very skilled in technology, highly aware of modern trends, keenly abreast of the culture and superbly trained in various areas. It seems that some young people feel that they don’t have to listen to the older generation. When I’ve offered advice to some I’ve been told “God speaks to me and what I hear Him say is not in line with what you say.”

My question to the younger generation is: Did you hear God when He said that the aged women are to teach the young women? (See Titus 2:4-6) God’s word is forever settled in heaven: therefore it does not matter how much a young person knows, he/she will do much better in life by listening to counsel from elderly godly men and women.

Proverbs 23:22 (NLT) says “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old.” One might say that the older person giving advice is not the mother or father that gave them birth. According to 1Timothy 5:1-2 older men are to be treated as fathers and older women as mothers. The Bible lets us know that the younger is to respect the elder – “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord “ (Leviticus 19:32 KJV). “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.” (1 Peter 5:5a KJV).