Whoever robs his father or his mother
and says, “That is no transgression,”
is a companion to a man who destroys.
A son or daughter might think getting all they can from their parents is no transgression, for it will soon become their inheritance. For how could they live "the high life"—now—without it? Such excuses are vicious. I’m reminded of Henri Nouwen’s book The Return of the Prodigal Son. In it, Nouwen describes the son mentally "killing off" his father. He had to. After all, the only way he would receive his inheritance legally was for the father to die. He felt he had it coming, deserved it, and grabbed it. According to Nouwen, we are, "the prodigal son every time we search for unconditional love where it cannot be found."
Matthew Henry comments on such a person. He that does this, "is the companion of a destroyer, and no better than a robber on the highway." The better way is stated in Philippians: Think about things that are,
of good report
of any virtue
praiseworthy. Do this, and the God of peace will be with you.
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