Mothers are essential! They raise us, watch out for us, and teach us to follow Jesus. And, if we're being honest, Mother's Day isn't just about traditional "moms". We have birth mothers, some of us have adoptive mothers, and many of us have spiritual mothers: those who dedicated their lives to teaching in the church. Being a mother is not easy. The pay is horrible, but the rewards can be great! Proverbs 23:25 states, “Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her rejoice who gave birth to you.” As children we should seek to give our mothers a reason to rejoice. That is the best Mother’s Day gift ever! Even if your mother is no longer living, you can still honor her memory with your life. We can make our mothers glad by:
Clinging to the teachings of our mothers. Mothers are our first teachers. Their teachings are rooted in love. Rather than being resistant to a mother’s wisdom, embrace it. It will save you a lot of pain. Those who resist the teachings of their mother often confess later that mother was right. Proverbs 6:20-23 (NCV) 20 Keep your father’s commands, and don’t forget your mother’s teaching. 21 Keep their words in mind forever as though you had them tied around your neck. 22 They will guide you when you walk.
They will guard you when you sleep. They will speak to you when you are awake. 23 These commands are like a lamp; this teaching is like a light. And the correction that comes from them will help you have life.
Honoring our mothers. Children should show respect for their mothers, honor them financially, and see that they are cared for when they are unable to care for themselves. Proverbs 23:22 (CEV) Pay attention to your father, and don't neglect your mother when she grows old. Proverbs 20:20 (NASB) He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness.
Serving the Lord. Christian mothers invest in their children in anticipation of their children becoming faithful Christian. 2 Timothy 1:5-7 (NCV) 5 I remember your true faith. That faith first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I know you now have that same faith. 6 This is why I remind you to keep using the gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. Now let it grow, as a small flame grows into a fire. 7 God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
This Mother’s Day, in addition to a card and a meal for mom, make your mother glad by making a commitment to please the Lord all the days of your life.
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