“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
  Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

We have discussed that there are many  things Christians ought to learn during their walk of faith.  So far we had covered the following lessons.

Lesson 1 : Learning To Fear God
Lesson 2: Learning To Do Good And Be Honest

Lesson 3: To Learn Righteousness
Lesson 4: Learning To Be A Good Samaritan
Lesson 5: Learning Obedience In The Midst Of Suffering

Lets look at the 6th Lesson

Learning To Show Filial Piety At Home

“Honor widows who are really widows. 
   But if any widow has children or
  grandchildren, let them first learn to
  show piety at home and to repay their
  parents; for this is good and acceptable
  before God.
  … ….
  But if anyone does not provide for his own,
  and especially for those of his household,
  he has denied the faith and is worse than
  an unbeliever.” –Paul (1 Tim 5:3-4, 8)

Paul was talking about being filial to ones parents and showing filial piety. Most people will acknowledge the fact that parents played an important part in their lives. It was the parents who had taken care of them while they were children. There is no doubt that parents played an important role in their process to maturity.

While the west regards filial piety as an Asian concept. The fact is that even in Asia the trend of showing filial piety is eroding.  There was reports of parents suing their children for neglecting them. This situation should be worst as there are many parents who refuse to take their children to courts for neglect.

We are bound to find some Christians among those guilty as well. Which is why Paul rebuke the Christians of his days.  Those Christians send their elderly to the church and expect the church to take care of them.

But the church was only obligated to take care of the widow and the helpless. That is why Paul taught that Christian children ought to show filial piety at home first.

Paul said that those who do not provide for his own are worst off then unbelievers.

How Do We Show Filial Piety?

Therefore let us learn to honour our parents and to love and take care of them. At the  basic level, we should spend time to call them and to find out if they are well. Despite the fact that most parents would lie to their children even if they are unwell, that is the bare minimum one could do. 
 
There are a few aspects in life  that we could consider to show filial piety to.

Livelihood : Some parents gave too much for their children that they failed to accumulate  enough savings for themselves. Therefore Children ought to take care of the livelihood of their parents. Especially when  our parents are too old to earn an income.

Even though many of us live in an affluent place, there are still plenty of needy around us. When we were younger, we depended on our parents for our daily allows. Many a times our parents gave more than they could afford. Therefore it is only fair that the children ought to help care for the livelihood of our parents. 

Respect: Many Children in the modern era tend to look down the elderly. For it appears that they are unable to keep up to pace in our modern world. Many of them are not good at using modern gadgets and technology. Sometimes we find them a nag when they repeat the same question again and again.

But yet God commanded his children to respect the elderly.

“‘You shall rise before the gray headed and
  honor the presence of an old man, and fear
  your God: I am the Lord”- YHWH (Lev 19:32)

This concept was taught in the new testament as well.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord,
   for this is right. “Honor your father and
  mother,” which is the first commandment
  with promise:  “that it may be well with you
   and you may live long on the earth.”- Paul (Eph 6:1-3)

Love:  Many thinks that their basic duty is just to provide money to their parents. But we often neglect the fact that  our parents are lonely, especially when all the children are away from home.

Love and affection can never be replaced with money. Our parents needed our love and our time with them. One could never take away his wealth and possession when they die. At that point of times, only memories and love are important.

For it is love that grants us peace, it will allow us to be at peace before God. If one is able to show love to his parents, siblings and family. He is able to show love to the church as well. That is the love that will allow us strength to face the Lord without fear.

Love has been perfected among us in this:
  that we may have boldness in the day of
  judgment; because as He is, so are we in
   this world.  There is no fear in love; but
  perfect love casts out fear, because fear
  involves torment. But he who fears has
  not been made perfect in love.  “ – John (1 Jn 4:17-18)

Love can give us boldness in the day of judgement. Perfect love cast our all fear. The fact is that death not as scary as it looks. For the pain is only temporary. No matter how painful it is, that pain will go away one day. 

That is why man ought to fear the judgement that is to  come after death. If we have loved God and love his family, if we have loved our siblings and our parents, then that love will allow us to face the judgement of God in peace.

These are all lessons we ought to learn in life, may we learn down with the guidance of the spirit of God.

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