Mother’s Day Message
A mother’s love knows no bounds. She will do all she needs to make sure her children thrive. It is naturally in-built into mothers to nurture, to love and care for their children. Mothers perform many tasks for their children. They bath, feed, make sure they are in good health, get jabs, look after when ill or hurt, protect and teach their children. Mothers juggle everything together to make sure that their families are ok, sometimes people refer to mums as “Supermums.” Mothers do everything for everybody else, sometimes at the expense of their own health.
Unfortunately, some women don’t fit this pattern and will push their children away, maybe due to them having learnt bad parenting from their own parents or carers or other unknown circumstances, but we all know in our minds what a mum is supposed to be like, and we thank God, most are. However we want to look at Godly mothers today, as even worldly mothers will nurture and show all or most of the qualities mentioned above.
Who is a godly mother? A mother who follows God’s word and precepts and teaches them to her children. 1 Titus 2:3-5; 7-8 says Older women are to train the younger women. Mothers should train their daughters and all younger women they are in contact with. Mothers have a lot of influence over their children. A Godly mother will influence her children in the ways of the Lord. They will:
• The ways of the Lord – Proverbs 22:6 says “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is older, he will not depart from it.” Even if they choose to depart from Godly ways to worldly ways, if you have trained them in God’s ways, shown them love and taught them the fear of the Lord, they are likely to come back to God – e.g. the prodigal son. In the meantime, a Godly mum should PRAY for that child – win that battle on her knees! Put your hope in Jesus – do not despair!
• Teach their children the right things. We know from Proverbs 9:10 that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. What lessons do you think Hannah taught Samuel? She taught him that serving and obeying God was important, she taught him the fear of the Lord. But what lessons do you think Rebekah taught Esau and Jacob? Favouritism? We see Jacob making the same mistake – having a favourite child, which he must have learnt from his mother. We must try as Godly mothers, not to favour one child over another – love them all equally.
Also teach – obedience, forgiveness, hospitality, kindness, giving, teach all Godly principles. Try not to teach children the wrong things, like lying. Remember, children do more of what we do than what we say.
• Discipline their children – Proverbs 13:24
• How to pray – As a child I remember my mum helping us to learn the Lord’s prayer and Psalm 23.
Do we pray with our children? We should pray with them so that they may learn to pray too.
• Respect – Godly mums show their husbands respect as head of the family and teach their children to respect authority and those older than them. (See 1 Peter 3:1-6) The fifth commandment says to honour thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long ….Also see Ephesians 6:1-3- Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
• To work hard Proverbs 31:13-19.
• To be tidy! Don’t exasperate your mums! When she says tidy your room, she is training you to be organised.
• Godly mothers mustn’t exasperate their children – Colossians 3:21. Discipline your children, but not to the extent that they lose heart or are completely discouraged that they give up.
Godly children should be:
• Teachable – learn from your mum all she is trying to teach you so that you grow up to fulfil your Godly purpose in life and to be successful in life.
• Obedient – e.g. when mum says switch off PlayStation or Xbox, obey!!! When reminded to tidy your room, do it!!! When asked to quickly go buy something, no shuffling of feet and grumbling, do it!!!
• Forgiving – For those who have had bad experiences with their natural mothers, FORGIVE them, so that you can be free in heart and mind to be a good mum to your own children, not repeating the same mistakes your mum made and to break the cycle of bad parenting.
• Pray for their parents that God would give them wisdom and the grace to parent effectively.
• Godly children should be involved in the daily chores of the home and learn to serve from a young age.
• Should work hard in school, college, university or place of work. This will bring them personal success and it will bring honor to God and their parents.
• In the right season godly children should date and be in courtship with a godly person. They should not be unequally yoked because this will interfere with their godly destiny.
• Godly children should develop their own personal relationship with the Lord and not depend on their parents’ relationship with The Lord.
• Godly children should become future godly parents who will raise godly offspring!
For those who have lost their mums, may God give you peace in your hearts and lovely happy memories of your mum. May His comfort be yours in Jesus name.
Sermon by Susan Ogidan
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