Devotion, Family, Relationships

Repay Your Parents And Grandparents

Repay your parents and grandparents? Repay? How? For what? How much? For how long? Is this a biblical command or a suggestion...

Written by Dr. Rei Kesis
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1 Timothy 5:4
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.

Contemporary English Version
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they should learn to serve God by taking care of her, as she once took care of them. This is what God wants them to do.

New Living Translation
But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.

To repay means to pay once again. This suggests that it is not a one-off payment, but a continuous payment. You have bought your parents a car and build a house for them, that is not the end, do much more, repay them again. There is no final act that will appreciate your parents for what they did for you, therefore repay them again. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Repay means do it again. Do it again and again. Do not stop paying them. Do not make a final payment. Keep paying them. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Payment suggests owing. Therefore the care for parents is not a favor but something we owe them. We owe our parents and grandparents a good life. It is a debt, not a favor. That is why the Bible tells us to pay them then repay them. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Repay also means return a favor. Do what they did. They did it to you the first time, now it is your turn to do it for them. Repay them since they paid you with a good upbringing. They may not have been perfect and you are not even perfect today, but they brought you up in the way they did, return the favor, repay them. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Romans 12:17
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

If you were brought up badly and painfully, the Bible says do not repay evil with evil. Treat them well even if they did not treat you well. God will revenge, do not revenge. Do not carry bitterness, let God carry it for you. Therefore even the parents who mistreated you and cost you the current mess in your life, repay them well. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Apostle Paul tells Timothy to tell children to help their parents and grandparents so that they do not depend on church funds. Paul says, to help your parent is a service to God, it is pleasing to God. Helping a parent is the first practice of religion. If you do not help your parents, you have failed in your life and faith. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Children should be brought up clearly knowing they will take care of their parents. Even if the parent grows old stinking rich, money is not everything, they will need the attention of their children. Parents should bring up children who will take care of them in old age. So that the repayment is fair play to the extent that is humanly possible. Children should bear it in mind that they will help their parents. They should do their best in order to offer the best repayment to their parents. Repay your parents and grandparents!

God holds each child accountable to help their parents. Even if there are many children in a family, God holds each one responsible. Do not let your parents suffer because it is the turn of the other sibling to take care of the parents. God holds each one responsible. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Are you bringing up children who are not your own? They will take care of you in old age. Handle the children of other people with care. Those orphans you harass with work as your children enjoy life may be your only way out in old age. Be careful how you bring up children of other people. Do not commit to bringing them up then harm them. Those promises we make during funerals, we are held accountable by none other than God. Treat children well. Discipline them for excellence. Let them be the best they can be and they will repay you in old age. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Do not stop your spouse from repaying their parents. In fact, you should participate. As you budget for yourselves, budget for your parents. Do not secretly do things for your parents without the knowledge of your spouse for it hurts them and causes suspicion. You have an open obvious responsibility to your parents, you do not need to hide it. Talk about this commitment before marriage and during the marriage. God will bless you. Repay your parents and grandparents!

No parent should influence the children to ignore another parent. A mother should not cause children to ignore their father. A father should not cause children to ignore their mother. Parents should not cause their children to ignore their parents-in-law. Ignoring parents will bring a curse on you and those children. Do not incite anyone to defy God by ignoring their parents, even if those are terrible parents and you feel it’s revenge time. God and not you deals with revenge. Repay your parents and grandparents!

Parents should also not demand too much from children to the extent of impoverishing them. Parents should not demand support from children. Let God do the demand. Economic times are tough. Children are on loans. Bills are high. The little acts of service that the children do should be appreciated by parents. Parents who want to abuse this right are not appreciated by God. Parents should note the good intentions of their children even when resources are limited.

Dear God, forgive us for ignoring our parents and grandparents. Help us to repay them well so that they enjoy their old age. Help us to bring up children who will help us in old age. Provide for both the children and parents, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Written by Dr. Rei Kesis
Rei Kesis is an ordained Pastor of the SDA Church and A Senior Lecturer of Applied Theology and Religious Studies. Profile

8 Replies to “Repay Your Parents And Grandparents”

  1. Amen.
    I had never noticed the concept of “repaying”. Thank you pastor for bringing out such emphasis.
    God bless you abundantly.

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