My Mother has passed on from this lifetime. While reflecting on her life, what she taught me, how she lived, the faith she showed and so much more, I couldn't help but to go to the word. Mothers really are a BLESSING. While Mother's Day isn't a "Holy" day and is not recognized in the Bible as such, I would like to remind you of how special Mother's truly are. Being a Mother is a gift from God.Being a mother is a very important role that the Lord chooses to give to many women.
What the Bible says....
Mothers are told to love their children in Titus 2:4-5 which says, “Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Isaiah 49:15 says, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?”
Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5).
In Titus 2:4, The idea that flows out of this word is that of preferring our children, caring for them, nurturing them, affectionately embracing them, meeting their needs, and tenderly befriending each one as unique from the hand of God.
Several things are commanded of both mothers and fathers in the Word:
Availability – morning, noon, and night (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Involvement – interacting, discussing, thinking and processing life together (Ephesians 6:4)
Teaching – the Scriptures, a biblical world-view (Psalm 78:5-6, Deuteronomy 4:10, Ephesians 6:4)
Training – helping a child develop skills and discover his strengths (Proverbs 22:6)
Discipline – teaching the fear of the Lord, drawing the line consistently, lovingly, firmly (Ephesians 6:4, Hebrews 12:5-11, Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15-17)
Nurture – providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, unconditional love, (Titus 2:4, 2 Timothy 1:7, Ephesians 4:29-32, 5:1-2, Galatians 5:22, 1 Peter 3:8-9)
Modeling with Integrity – living what you say, being a model by which a child can learn by “catching” the essence of Godly living (Deuteronomy 4:9, 15, 23; Proverbs 10:9, 11:3; Psalm 37:18, 37).
The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However, it does say that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the responsibility seriously. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of their children. Motherhood is not a chore or unpleasant task. Just as a mother bears a child during pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child during infancy, so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their children, teenagers, young adults, and even fully-grown children. While the role of motherhood must change and develop, the love, care, nurture, and encouragement a mother gives should never cease.
What else does the Bible say about Mothers?
Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
"Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.
"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
2 Kings 4:30
But the child's mother said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So he got up and followed her.
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."
"Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: "Like mother, like daughter."
But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Mothers in the Bible:
Sarah ~ Isaac's Mother was an older Mother
Jochabed ~ Moses' Mother was a PROTECTIVE Mother
Hannah ~ Samuel's Mother battled infertility
Mary~ Jesus' Mother was the most HONORED Mother
I THANK GOD FOR MY MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, CHURCH MOTHERS & THE MOTHERS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED MY LIFE.
What does your mother mean to you?