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|NASB||1 Timothy 5:4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.|
|1 Timothy 5:4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren [who are adults], see to it that these first learn to show great respect to their own family [as their religious duty and natural obligation], and to compensate their parents or grandparents [for their upbringing]; for this is acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God.|
what about parents that leave or neglect their children is their any forgiveness for that parent and would the children sin if their parent become ill and need the help of the children they left for what so ever reason are the children sinning because they refuse too help their parent in their time of need.
Bible Answer: Hi, jmsyas!
Unfortunately, Christians suffer the ole catch 22 or is it behind the eight ball...
Jesus commands us to be different... not just figuratively but in literal obedience to Him (Matthew 5:21-26, 38-42 and 43-48).
This would definetely apply to parents... Now, notice that He did not command us to be someone's floor mat--just that we behave towards others in the service and obedience of God.
Jesus also cautioned about assisting the needy not the greedy (Luke 14:12-14); as Christians,we have an obligation to help, within our means, those who are in need of assistance--even if they were, at one time, our enemies... who is to know that we, through humble obedience to Christ, would not bring to Christ those wretched people who have been living without God? How can we let pride and vengeance grieve the Holy Spirit? (Ephesians 4:30)
Further, if we do not forgive those who have caused us harm (trespassed against us), how can we ask the Father to forgive our trespass against Him? (Matthew 6:9-15)
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