We Honor you Mothers. All mothers are are to be honored. Mothers who follow Jesus are worthy of great honor.
My mother was such a one and I honor her memory. I was brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4). I could feel God’s love through the gentle touch and hugs of my mother. When I was hurting, her soothing comfort made it better.
A godly mother’s hugs and soothing words are special ministry, beyond anything an unbeliever can muster. They encompass her children with a soft glow of love. Love is so vital that babies deprived of it die. Think of the sting a mother takes out of a wound. With her mothering she makes it better, whether it’s a toddler’s owie, an adolescent’s shattered expectation, or an adult’s heartache.
Paul recognized two such mothers in his letter to Timothy. “I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. How unceasing is my memory of you in my petitions, night and day longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy; having been reminded of the sincere faith that is in you, which lived first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and, I am persuaded, in you also. 2 Timothy 1:3-5
Most children come to faith in God through their parents. Children naturally respond to the to the love their parents convey. Through that love, children come to trust their parents. The Godly words and actions of their parents reflect their love of Jesus. How mothers and fathers honor and follow Jesus comes through, especially through the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-26).
Showing by our actions and telling our children we love them is very important. When we speak our love, we also share the inheritance God has given us with them.
As we tell them of our love, we can also speak a blessing to them. This can begin with something as simple as thanking God for His blessing during our table and evening prayers. Or when we tuck our children in at night, speaking a blessing like: “We love you and God loves you. The Lord bless you with life and health and well-being.”
The nurture of a godly family helps children grow up in the Messiah. By learning to obey godly parents, they learn to share, to lay down their lives for those that they love. If we parents love, discipline, and nurture our children in the way of the Lord, our work of service becomes very rewarding. If we are harsh or unfair or unfaithful, we are in danger of making our children angry with us and with the Lord. May we love so our children learn of the love and grace and glory of the Lord and find it to be true by family and life experience.
As for my wife Judy,
Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Her husband also praises her. Proverbs 31:28