“As children, we are by nature takers instead of givers. And as adults, we can become too selfish to take responsibility for our relationship with our parents. It just takes too much effort. But our parents need us to become givers.” (1)
Jesus confronted a group of Pharisees who created religious “loop-holes” so they could neglect their parents. He said, Their worship was a farce (Matthew 15:1-9).
How we treat our parents is an indicator of our respect for God. If we treat our parents with interest, respect, gratefulness and kindness, God notices!
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2012
(1) The Tribute by Dennis Rainey, Word Publishing, 1994, page 104
Some additional resources that will give you wisdom in this area:
The Blame Game --1-minute devotion
No More Lip Service--1-minute devotion
Adults and the Fifth Commandment by Gail Purath
God Didn't Ask the Impossible, only the Incredibly Difficult, an article written from a Jewish perspective with good thoughts for the Christian as well
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