LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation…” (Exodus 20:5, the Holy Bible).
RUDE TAXI DRIVER: HIS PARENTS WERE PROBABLY RUDE, AND SO WILL HIS OWN CHILDREN BE RUDE LIKEWISE: The taxi driver who acted rudely against his passenger is now facing the possibility of having his driver’s license permanently cancelled. But, even if his license is nullified forever, or even if he is thrown in jail for a long time, that will not change him for the better. His being rude, his being arrogant, and his being mired in sin, is already deeply ingrained in him.
Rudeness and arrogance were most probably imbibed by him from his own parents who, in turn, would have surely been rude and arrogant too, having similarly imbibed such bad manners from their very own parents. Sinfulness brings about curses that are visited not only on sinners, but even on their children to the third and fourth generations.
The only way to stop sinfulness from seeping into succeeding generations of our families is for fathers and mothers to firmly decide to stop wallowing in sin and in bad manners. Making this decision to stop sinning and acting rudely and with a criminal mind is going to be hard, unless we seriously turn to God, by knowing His Word and obeying His commands.
FRAUD INVALIDATES MARRIAGE: When a marriage is attended by fraud, it could be declared invalid by virtue of a court decision, according to Art. 45 of the Family Code of the Philippines. The question, however, is this: what is the “fraud” that can invalidate an otherwise valid marriage? Art. 46 of the same Code provides the instances where fraud can be said to be present.
Art. 46 says that any of the following circumstances shall constitute fraud referred to under Art. 45: (1) non-disclosure of a previous conviction by a final judgment of a crime involving moral turpitude; (2) concealment by the wife that, at the time of the marriage, she was already pregnant by another man.
Also, the following constitutes fraud: concealment of sexually-transmissible disease, regardless of its nature, existing at the time of the marriage; concealment of drug addiction, habitual alcoholism or homosexuality or lesbianism, existing at the time of the marriage. No misrepresentation or deceit as to character, health, rank, fortune or chastity shall constitute fraud.
THE YOUNG MUST ALWAYS SUBMIT TO THEIR ELDERS: Here is an advice that young people must always heed: the young must always submit to their elders, and must clothe themselves with humility toward one another, because “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
The reminder to the young is that they must humble themselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift them up in due time, casting all their anxiety on Him, because He cares for them.
Young people must also stay alert and of sober mind all the time, remembering that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. The young must resist the devil, standing firm in the faith, because it is of general knowledge that the family of believers around the world is undergoing sufferings too.
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