Requiting Godliness

Ruth_Naomi_ObedYounger folks, want to do something “pleasing in the sight of God?” Prepare financially (among other ways) to “make some return” to your parents as they age, especially if your mother becomes a widow. 

“But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return (“requite” in KJV) to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God” (1 Timothy 5:4)

Feel the weight of this quote:
The Puritan Richard Baxter said, “Be sure that you dearly love your parents; delight to be in their company; be not like those unnatural children, that love the company of their idle play-fellows better than their parents, and had rather be abroad about their sports, than in their parents’ sight. Remember that you have your being from them, and come out of their loins: remember what sorrow you have cost them, and what care they are at for your education and provision; and remember how tenderly they have loved you … and how much your happiness will make them glad: remember what love you owe them both by nature and in justice, for all their love to you, and all that they have done for you: they take your happiness or misery to be one of the greatest parts of the happiness or misery of their own lives” (The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, vol. 1)

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