Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you: Exodus 20: 12 (NKJV)
The fifth commandment, as you see, has a promise attached to it. Honor your father and your mother. Treat them with respect. Care for them. God will reward you with a long life.
We had missionaries from Japan at our church last night and he said that the Japanese so honor their parents and the elderly that it’s unlike anything he’s seen, even here in the States.
He is an adjunct professor at a local university and we really enjoyed hearing about the culture of Japan. Their home town is filled with scientists, so it’s good that he’s an intelligent man.