Lesson – Respect

Bible Lesson for Kids – Respect Your Parents


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Topic: Respect Your Parents

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20 


Give each kid a large sheet of drawing paper and markers.

Ask them to draw a picture of their home and their family.

After they’ve completed their drawings, allow them to show their pictures and introduce each family member.

After the activity, say: Everyone’s family looks different, but there is one thing in common with each family.

Can you guess what that is?  (Pause for responses)

The one thing that every family has is someone who is in charge.

Whether it is mom and dad, grandparents, or someone else, there is someone that makes the rules and is charge of the family.

Are any of you that person who is in charge?

Probably not, so that means you have to “submit” to the person in charge.

That isn’t always easy because sometimes we don’t agree or like the rules that they make.

Have your parents made a rule or a decision that you just didn’t understand, but then later you found out that it really was good for you?


The Bible teaches that those in charge are to be obeyed and respected because God has placed them there.

1 Peter 2:13-14 says, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”

Our parents have been put in charge so that they can help us to understand right and wrong and to help us make wise choices.

By obeying and respecting our parents, we are protected from making mistakes that could really cost us.

Let’s look at three passages from the Bible that will give us three reasons for obeying our parents:

Have a student read Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”

What is the reason this verse gives?

It says to obey your parents so that “your days may be long…”

God wants us to obey so that we will be able to live a full life with the blessings that he has given.

Parents have the wisdom to protect us and guide us in the right direction, away from those costly mistakes.

Have a student read Ephesians 6:1

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

What is the reason this verse gives? It says to obey your parents because “it is right.”

This is God’s will.  Learning to obey our parents teaches us how to obey God.

If we can submit to their authority, then we will be better able to submit to the authority of God.

Have a student read Colossians 3:20

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

What is the reason this verse gives?

Obeying our parents is “pleasing to the Lord.”

God has a design for everything.

The family is designed to have loving parents who encourage and discipline their children.

The family is also designed for children to submit and obey their parents.

When God sees a family that is operating according to His design, it pleases Him.

He is delighted to see what He created working as He planned.

God has commanded children to obey their parents.

The passages that we read taught us that we should obey because:

1) It helps us to live an abundant life by avoiding costly mistakes

2) It is God’s commandment.

3) It is pleasing to God. It is not always easy to obey our parents, especially if we don’t understand or just don’t like what they ask us to do.

Even if we don’t agree with our parents, the Bible is clear that we should submit to their authority and obey because God has placed them over us to help and protect us.

As hard as it may be sometimes, we need to trust God and His commandments.


Have your parents every made a decision or a rule that upset you?  What about the rule upset you?

How did you respond?

Exodus 20:12 says to “Honor your father and mother…” What does it mean to honor someone?

How does making wise choices honor our parents? Hint: Proverbs 10:1

What are the three reasons we talked about for obeying our parents?

How is the way we honor our parents similar to the way we honor God?

If a parent does not have a relationship with Jesus, how should their child respond to this commandment?  (Be sensitive to the answers on this question.  It is a difficult one to answer.  Encourage them to see all possibilities.)

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11 Responses to “Lesson – Respect

  • holace michieka
    6 years ago

    Mercy,love,peace and gracebe with you and yours in a bundancy.We are independent Christian Fellowship Church in Kenya with no a ffiliation to any Church and without good ground in Jesus’name.We would love to preach good news of Jesus Christ to the broken hearted,poor and the captives to God’s Kingdom.Therefore we need good ground of Lord’s business serving Him and saving the lost.Please send us some Christian books to use them for teaching God’s people.We look forward to hear from you soon.

    God bless you.

    • Holace, thanks for reaching out to us. And thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately, we don’t have any books to send you. However, we hope you can continue to find some great resources on our website.

    5 years ago

    How can I print the free lessons? I tried copy and paste but it didn’t work. Thanks.

  • Renee Davis
    4 years ago

    Great lesson

  • Lucinda Glover
    3 years ago

    Thanks, this is really helpful! 🙂

  • Oduneye Omotola
    3 years ago

    This is a wonderful teaching especially for the teenagers. Most teenagers lack respect. So I think this will help them ….????☺

  • Angela LeBel
    2 years ago

    I just found this lesson for a friend who was asking for lessons to teach his daughter on respect.

    I feel that this lesson is AMAZING. I am a Christian, yet I teach in public elementary school and I am going to alter this lesson with my students.

    I feel that alot of tweens today come with the sense of entitlement. I feel society has a way of leading kids down that path.

    I am going to have to water down the Scripture references fpr school, but this is definitely a keeper for my third grade open circle time.

    Im sure I can easily pair this lesson with a picture book on respect.

    Thank you for posting this!!!

    • Angela, Thank you for the awesome feedback and we are so glad you have found this lesson useful for your 3rd grade students.

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