Friday, September 29, 2017

Forget Not All Their Benefits!

What Have I Done For My Parents?

As a son or a daughter, never boast how much you have done to your mother or father or family, but rather learn to ask yourself, "For how much my parents have done for me by bringing me in to this world and keeping me hale and healthy until now, what have I done for them?"

The parents you see who are alive today, may not be there tomorrow as their assignment on earth will be over soon and they will return to the Creator who has created them and have given an assignment of taking care of you in this short journey called life.

If you are blessed with parents who are alive, I will say, "Forget not all their benefits" done for you!

There were some so called spiritual people who added their own words and interpreted the Word of God wrongly to wash their hands of their responsibility to take care of their parents in their old age by saying 'Corban' meaning “devoted to God as a gift” (Mark 7:11), which practically means that whatever money might have been used to provide for aging parents could be dedicated to the temple treasury instead. In other words saying, “It is Corban” would exempt a person from his responsibility to his or her aging parents. Then they were left alone to suffer during the time of Jesus, these people were rebuked by Jesus and was told by Him that they neither know the Word of God nor the power of God that works behind it.

It means, Jesus was saying and interpreting the words of Moses that instructed God’s people to “honor their father and mother” (Exodus 20:12) by saying, that every son or a daughter who takes care of their parents in whatever way, (i.e.) financially, emotionally, physically,..etc in their old age is seen by God and therefore God replicates the same thing to them in their own old age through their children. Apostle Paul agreed with the above saying by writing in his epistles, “‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise—‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth’” (Ephesians 6:3–4). In other words, honoring your parents is so highly valued to God that He rewards it with long life for yourself on earth. What a promise and what a guarantee from God? Are we really honoring our parents? Have we pleased God by valuing our parents in their old age?

All of our parents may not be perfect in their expression of what they see or do, but our heavenly Father who is perfect wants us to forgive their imperfection as He has forgiven us of our sins, in their old age (Matt 6:14-15). Let us see Jesus who is our example (1 Peter 2:21), and treat our parents with respect and honor in their life, so that even when Jesus was dying for us on the cross for our sins we could see how He called his loving and youngest disciple John and handed over his very own responsibility of taking care of His earthly mother to him so that he could honor and continue on behalf of Him till her death (John 19:26-27). Let us learn and live like Jesus to glorify God with our lives and be blessed with all His blessings till the end of our long life that is guaranteed by Him for honoring our parents.

"Never ask your parents, 'what have you done for me?', instead ask them, 'what can I do for you?', this is what honoring your parents that promises a long life for yourself from God is!" — Abraham Israel

Much Blessings....


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