God evaluates the believer’s faith first by his attitude towards his parents, and then towards others
God evaluates the believer’s faith first by his attitude towards his parents, and then towards others.
In God’s order of things, the welfare of one’s parents ranks above all other concerns. Before God approves of the believer and releases more grace to him, He wants his heart’s priorities set right by first tending to the needs of his own parents. Not just in financial terms but more importantly, their emotional needs. One’s attitude towards his parents displays his understanding of God’s structure of authority. One who despises his father who possess parental authority over him, despises God who is over all. In God’s scheme of things, parents hold the key to their children’s blessings; they by their prayers determine their children’s future. In addition to that, caring for one’s parents displays one’s capacity for gratitude for the years of conscientious upbringing. Thus, one who neglects his parents has no trace of faith or godliness in him.