God tells us through His word that we are to honor those who are or have been mothers. The Apostle Paul says, in 1 Timothy 5:1-3, “Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, 2 the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.
3 Honor widows who are widows indeed;” He makes very plain here that our women, especially those who are mothers and or widows are to be treated honorably. He goes on in the next few verses telling children that they are to honor their mothers or grandmothers when they become widows by caring for them in any and every way possible. Look at what Paul says in vs. 4 and 8 where he says, “4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family, and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.” “8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.” He is simply saying show them the respect they deserve. Care for them the way they cared for you.
As you all know, families are very important. Families are the basis for everything from our nation to the church. If there are no families there can be no people, if no people no nation and, certainly, no church. Families are vital to everything. Families are composed of fathers, mothers and children. Who determines what the children will become, who determines what kind of people they will be? Obviously it is the father and the mother. Each plays a vital role in the family. In just a few weeks we will honor our fathers and discuss their role in the family. Right now I challenge all of our families to take a real deep look at who and what you are as a family and where your children are headed as a result of their parenting. Are they headed towards the world or towards God?
Until next week, I love you all,