A Mothers Strength: Her Love
Sermon shared by Z. Rinaldi Iii
Summary: To show how God wants everyone to love and respect mothers whether they are biologically related or not.
Audience: General adults
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Intoduction: To start with it is good to understand the correct biblical definition of the title "Mother". The original Hebrew word for mother is ame pronounced ah-may and it means the bond of the family. The word also signifies a force that strengthens and holds things together. Therefore, whether a woman has biologically birthed a child or has inherited a child, she should be recognized as the mother, for she is the strength that holds a family together.
Illustration: A mother can make a way out of what seems no way. I remember asking my wife to make a pot of navy beans. When the beans were made, they just didn’t have the same thick tasty liquid my mother used to call "pot liquor". I then called my sister and asked her if she knew what mother’s secret was. She replied "Just get a cup of water and add a little flour and you will get what is called a thickening!" When I relayed that to my wife she made it and the pot of beans turned into the same finger-lickin dish that mom used to make. And just think. it was done with only flour and water! That was one of the many tricks of the (motherhood) trade that many mothers know.
Let us now take a look at the instructions that God gives us in the bible on how to treat our mothers.
1. The first instruction: do not despise your mother.
In Proverbs 15:20 we are taught that it is a foolish man who despises (hates or thinks no good of) his mother. In order not to despise your mother, when she tells you to do something that you may not want to do, like obey a curfew, clean your room, study your school work, get off of the phone etc., or if you are an adult, your mother may ask you to go out of your way to take her to the store, or visit her more times than you may think is needed and vice versa, don’t think in your mind that you hate her or that she does not know what she is talking about. Remember that one day you will grow older and you will remember the things your mother told you and you no doubt will actually begin to agree with her! You will probably say most of the same things to your children.
Also, this scripture tells us that anyone who despises his mother is foolish (stupid). No one wants to be considered stupid, therefore, love and respect your mother.
2. The second instruction: obey the law of your mother.
Proverbs 6:20-23 tells us not to forsake our fathers command or the law of our mother! The scripture goes on to say that we should continually bind them upon our heart and tie them around our neck; for when you roam they will lead you (as you travel through life you will remember things mother taught you) and when you sleep they will keep you (you will be safe because you will lay down in the proper places) and when you awake they will speak with you (you will remember the instructions of your mother to help you conduct yourself in the proper manner). It goes on to say that the commandment (of the father) is a lamp, but the law (of the mother) is a light; reproofs and instruction are the way of life!
This teaches us that the lamp of the father supports a light which is what fathers do, they support the family, but the law of the mother is actually a light signifying knowledge to clearly show us direction in life.
3. The third instruction: treat older women in your church as mothers.
1Timothy 5:1-2 tells us to treat the older women in the
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