The world has designated days for us to celebrate certain things. We celebrate Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day – and other days throughout the year, but what did God say about Mothers? Did He say that you honor them one day out of the year? Did He say that you should go to church only on Mothers’ Day, Easter and Christmas, or did He call you to a relationship with Him? There is nothing wrong with celebrating Mothers’ Day and doing some really great things for your mom or the mom in your life, but let us remember the Word of God and honor our Mothers by the example that God has set for us. So you got mom some flowers and gave her a kiss on yesterday. How did you treat her today?
Let’s look at Ephesians 6:1-3 which teaches us to obey our parents.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise– “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
If we look at this verse, there was no stipulation on a particular day. That means that He expects us to do it ALL THE TIME. Well, how do you honor your mother? You buy her fine things, respect her and her home, you do things for her like buy her grocery, help with cleaning the house, pay her light bill, buy her a car, buy her clothes, spend time with her, tell her how much you love and appreciate her . . . and so on. This is not just a Mothers’ Day Sunday thing! So many bring mom heartache and pain all year-long and then say happy mothers day and I’m sorry in the course of 10 minutes on one day. God expects more of us than this.
Let’s go back to this verse. It says to obey your parents in the Lord that it may go well with you and you may enjoy long life on the earth. If you want your life to go well . . . that’s talking about favor from God here. Understand that the definition of a life going well according to the world’s standards is much different than what God is talking about here. Not only can your life go well (According to God have all-sufficiency for all things . . . having your needs met and walking in the abundance that God has provided) you will enjoy long life on the earth. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy long life. I believe that there are people right now who are dead because of not honoring and obeying their parents.
Let’s look at Hebrews 12:11
Hebrews 12:11: “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”
Very important verse of scripture for us to consider here in light of all a mother is and does. So, the implication here is that discipline goes on. There has to be training in the home and it should come from both parents. The Word says that if you train up a child in the way that he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it. This verse teaches us that the discipline may not be fun, but after the training . . . those who were trained by it bring forth the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Thank your mother everyday for the love that she has shown and the advice that she gives. Love on her, honor her and respect her everyday including Mothers’ Day.