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ROMANS 13:7 & 1TIM 5:18
I. BACKGROUND OF THESE SCRIPTURES
A. Rom 13:7 - taxes are to be paid, respect and honor are to be given to those over you according to their position
B. 1 Tim 5:18 - as the ox in the O.T. would turn the mill to grind wheat, barley or other grain it was to be allowed to eat because it was doing all the work. This was the reward to the ox for itís hard work.
C. The apostle Paul used these verses to show that there should be love, honor and respect for spiritual leaders as well as faithfulness to civil authorities and that those who labor are worthy of their reward
D. Today we will use these verses to be reminded that mothers who love their children, who provide for them, who sacrifice for them, who labor for them, who instill within them values and morals that will enable them to live a good life, who pray for them and train them up in the ways of the Lord are worthy of honor, respect and love.
II. GIVING HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE
A. Honor - a valuing by which the price is fixed or what something is worth
-mothers are to be valued by children and husbands alike
-Prov 31:10-Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11-The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12-She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
B. Honor - honor which belongs or is shown to one. Used of the honor which one has by reason of rank and state of office which he holds
-Prov 31 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. 30- Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised. 31-Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
C. Reward - dues paid for work, wages, hire
-what are the rewards or payments that a mom wants in exchange for all the caring, loving and hard work that is done for the family.
III. THOSE WHO FAIL TO HONOR
A. We live in a generation that is losing the meaning of love, respect and honor
-Prov 30:11-14 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
B. To follow the instruction of a godly mother is to help oneself
-Prov 1:8-9 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
-Prov 6:20-22 My son, keep thy fatherís commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
-there may be times when you think mom is old fashioned, out of touch with reality, not with it
-there may be times when you think mom is being too hard and uncaring
-poem ďMEAN MOMSĒ
To all the Mean Moms of the world-and if you arenít mean-itís never too late to change. Was your Mom mean? I know mine was
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