VIDEO Biblical Reasons to Honor Mom This Mother’s Day – Honor Christian Mothers

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This Sunday, the nation will celebrate Mother’s Day. Honoring our mothers is important not only to them, but also to us and to God.

Our moms hold a most special place in our hearts. Regardless of their education, talents or accomplishments, they’re special because they carried us in their wombs, and then gave us life. They fed us, bathed us, and nurtured us when we were helpless and needy. We are from them and literally part of them.

My mom went to heaven years ago, but I’ll honor her memory by sharing stories with my grandchildren about how my mom raised me to fear God, love truth and live by faith.

If nothing else, shouldn’t we love our moms, care for them when they grow old as they cared for us and, this Mother’s Day, honor them in a special way?

There are several biblical reasons why honoring our moms is so important—not just on Mother’s Day but every day.

Motherhood is Biological and Spiritual

The word “mother” first occurs in Genesis 2:24, where God created male and female, named them Adam and Eve and ordained marriage between father and mother: “For a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife.”

God’s plan starts with one man and one woman who, forsaking all others, cleave to each other and form a God-designed team from which God can give children to be raised up in the fear of God. Therefore, motherhood is not just biological, but a spiritual position ordained of God.

‘Honor Thy Mother’

What does God say about honoring our parents? The Fifth Commandment instructs us to honor our fathers and mothers. But honoring is more than being thankful. To honor includes obeying them as God’s stewards over us and submitting ourselves to their direction as we would to God. When done well, moms instructing their children in the ways of God is powerful.

Honoring Mothers Brings Great Reward

Honoring, obeying, and respecting our mothers and fathers is so important to God that He connects this commandment with a promise of long life. Exodus 20:12 is clear: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

It’s a Sacred Position

The position of mother is sacred. Mothers themselves can honor God on this special day by striving to become more like the woman described in Proverbs 31: virtuous, excellent, trustworthy, responsible, disciplined, a capable administrator, confident, compassionate and a planner. The result? Your children will arise and call you blessed, and your husband will praise you.

Additionally, God had a very important task for mothers at creation. Moms and grandmothers, are you teaching your children to fear God and obey Him as you train them? Are you setting the kind of example that’s worthy of God’s commendation and respect from your children?

Honor Wives and Moms by Loving Them

As fathers and husbands, the Bible tells men to honor our wives by loving them. As children, we should honor our mothers by thanking God for them. God’s plan for the home—father, mother and children—works best when all are on board, working together in love as a family unit for His glory and according to His plan.

This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate, honor and re-commit ourselves to God’s plan for our moms, families and children. I pray that all of us as fathers, mothers and children will not only thank God for His design for our families, but also earnestly ask, “Lord, how are we doing?”

The Hon. Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on more than 400 stations and Host of the “Stand in the Gap” national television program.

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“Honor Christian Mothers” A Mother’s Day Hymn

 

Love Won’t Stop

Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.  Luke 15:6

 

After I turned nineteen, and years before I owned a pager or a cell phone, I moved more than seven hundred miles away from my mom. One morning, I left early to run errands, forgetting our scheduled call. Later that night, two policemen came to my door. Mom had been worried because I’d never missed one of our chats. After calling repeatedly and getting a busy signal, she reached out to the authorities and insisted they check on me. One of the police officers turned to me and said, “It’s a blessing to know love won’t stop looking for you.”

When I picked up the phone to call my mom, I realized I had accidentally left the receiver off its base. After I apologized, she said she needed to spread the good news to the family and friends she had informed that I’d been missing. I hung up thinking she’d overreacted a bit, though it felt good to be loved that much.

Scripture paints a beautiful picture of God, who is Love, relentlessly beckoning His wandering children. Like a good shepherd, He cares about and seeks out every lost sheep, affirming the priceless value of every beloved child of God (Luke 15:1–7).

Love never stops looking for us. He will pursue us until we’ve returned to Him. We can pray for others who need to know that Love—God—never stops looking for them either.

By Xochitl Dixon

Reflect & Pray

How does it encourage you to know that God continually pursues you in love? How is He using you to reveal His love to others?

Heavenly Father, thank You for pursuing us with persistence and providing a safe place when we return to Your loving arms.

The Command to Honor

Ephesians 6:1-3

God’s commandment to honor parents included a promise. He told the Israelites to treat parents with respect so their “days may be prolonged in the land” that He was giving them (Ex. 20:12). This did not guarantee that respecting authority would necessarily mean survival until old age; the words “days” and “prolong” seem to imply productivity, strength, and satisfaction rather than a certain number of years.

That divine promise still applies. Sadly, our chaotic world prizes independence over obedience and youthful opinion over the wisdom that comes with maturity. In today’s anti-God climate, we see children of all ages rebelling—but they often seem to escape discipline. This has led to two dangerous attitudes: One says that people need not accept responsibility for their actions, and the other permits neglecting the greater good in favor of personal goals. To find an example, simply look at our roads, where it’s not hard to find someone ignoring the posted speed limit.

To build a Christ-honoring community within the worldly culture, believers should instruct children to honor parents and then appropriately discipline any failure to show respect. One important way to teach this lesson is by modeling honor—our families should see us treat our own parents with care and consideration.

Honoring Mom and Dad is not a suggestion. The Lord has placed these important people in our life. Whether or not we feel they have served well in that capacity, we’re to obey God by offering them care and respect.

Yes, She Shall Be Praised

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

Proverbs 31 is identified as “the words of King Lemuel” (v. 1). Since it is divided into two distinct parts, some have proposed that it has two different authors. The first part (vv. 1–9) consists of “the prophecy that his mother taught him” (v. 1), while the second part (vv. 10–31) describes “a virtuous woman” (v. 10). Perhaps it is better to understand the woman as Lemuel’s mother, for “her children rise up and call her blessed” (v. 28).

“Many daughters have done virtuously” (v. 29, same word as in v. 10). Recognizing that the only other woman described as “virtuous” in the Bible was Ruth (Ruth 3:11) gives us more complete insight into such a woman’s character. The woman described in Proverbs 31 is one who has achieved in all its fullness the glories of her womanhood, both in the home as wife and mother and in her community. Not only do her children bless her, but her husband has absolute confidence in her (v. 11), appreciates the bounty that she brings (v. 12), has the freedom to be an effective leader in the community (v. 23), and praises her virtue to others (v. 28).

Without question, the key to her accomplishments is found in our text. Her fear of the Lord blossoms into such inner beauty and diligence that, by wisdom and devotion, she so trains her children and so lovingly provides for her husband’s needs that when they leave the home she has fashioned and have occasion to speak of her, their words will be blessing and praise.

On this day when so many of us remember and are thankful for our godly wives and/or mothers, let us rekindle our own fear of the Lord and by so doing develop similar qualities and habits. JDM

His Eloquence

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

—1 Corinthians 2:1-2

There are few things in religious circles held in greater esteem than eloquence. Yet there are few things of less actual value or that bring with them greater temptation or more harm.

One qualification everyone expects a preacher to have is the ability to discourse fluently on almost any religious or moral subject. Yet such ability is at best a doubtful asset and unless brought to Christ for cleansing may easily turn out to be the greatest enemy the preacher faces here below. The man who finds that he is able to preach on a moment’s notice should accept his ability as an obstacle over which he must try to get victory before he is at his best for God and His kingdom.   WTA091

Lord, keep us mindful of our need for humble reliance on the Holy Spirit to accomplish the awesome task to which You have called us. Amen.

 

Who gave Himself for us

Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a people for His own possession, zealous of good works.—Titus 2:14 (R. V.).

 

Love only can the conquest win,

The strength of sin subdue;

Come, O my Savior, cast out sin,

And form my soul anew.

Charles Wesley.

 

Living and victorious faith is that whereby Christ dwelleth in our hearts. But Christ will not dwell in our hearts, if we fill our hearts with things which He hates. Yet is there then no victory, nor real faith, when the world holds a struggle with us, sometimes overcoming us”, sometimes overcome? In some things victory should be complete at once. Sins of infirmity there may be; sins against light there should not be. To do willfully and knowingly what God hates, destroys faith, and hope, and love. But so that thou art fighting against thy besetting sin, if thou art conquering thyself, thou art still Christ’s soldier, even though in thought, word, or deed, thou be, from time to time, in lesser things surprised. This, then, is matter of faith, that if we will, we can, by the grace of God, prevail over every temptation.

Edward B. Pusey.

 

Servants Honored the Master

“Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof; so he that waiteth on his master shall be honored.” Prov. 27:18

He who tends the fig tree has figs for his pains, and he who waits on a good master has honor as his reward. Truly the Lord Jesus is the very best of masters, and it is an honor to be allowed to do the least act for His sake. To serve some lords is to watch over a crab tree and eat the crabs as one’s wages; but to serve my Lord Jesus is to keep a fig tree of the sweetest figs. His service is in itself delight, continuance in it is promotion, success in it is blessedness below, and the reward for it is glory above.

Our greatest honors will be gathered in that season when the figs will be ripe, even in the next world. Angels who are now our servitors will bear us home when our day’s work is done. Heaven, where Jesus is, will be our honorable mansion, eternal bliss our honorable portion, and the Lord Himself our honorable companion. Who can imagine the full meaning of this promise, “He that waiteth on his master shall be honored”?

Lord, help me to wait upon my Master. Let me leave all idea of honor to the hour when thou thyself shalt honor me. May thy Holy Spirit make me a lowly and patient worker and waiter!