Mark 7:11-12 NLT: But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you. In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents.

My beloved friend in Christ, today’s message reminds me of a Christian who refused to help a neighbor whose son was dying, saying that the money he would have given to help them was meant for God. He forgot that the Bible says that whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me. Matthew 25:40. Jesus meant what he said about doing to Him what you do to His brethren. If you study Acts 9:4., the Bible records that when Paul persecuted the people of God and Jesus appeared to him, the Bible said “He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

Jesus did not ask why are you persecuting my people rather He said why are you persecuting me? So, my dear friends, your neighbor is the God you can see. Whatever you do to them, in your place of work, in your school, in your business and others, treat them with love and respect. When they are in need, do not say the money for their aid belongs to God and turn away from helping them, rather help them where you can and God will bless you.

Never neglect your parents and feel that God is OK with you. God’s command is we must love and honor them. There is no room for disregard. Pray for them and support them financially. It’s better to start the support from home before taking it to the church where you feel others will praise your generosity. That is a public show and you have certainly received your reward. Let those around you feel and experience your generosity and God will bless you richly.

Declare to yourself loud: I will care for my parents and those around me.

1. Heavenly Father, help me to be generous to you my parents, and those around me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
2. Please add your personal intentions.

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