Summary: We are here today to honor our mothers, just as Christ honored His.
Give Honor to Your Mother
Today is the day that has been set apart to honor our mothers. For some of us our mothers may have all ready gone to be with our Lord, for others your mother may be here with you today. Most of you ladies here today are mothers and grand mothers. Being a mother is a noble and honorable profession. God even chose a young girl named Mary to be the mother of His only Son, Jesus.
46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
Mary was called blessed, because God honored her by choosing her to bear His Son. God is the creator of all life. Every time a woman conceives a child, God blesses her. God is the one who determines who will bear children, when and how many. Because of the sin that Eve committed, mothers must bear an increase pain in childbearing. Our mother’s pain starts at childbirth and it never ends until the Lord calls her home. A mother feels every pain that her child feels twice over. If a child gets sick or is hurt the mother feels the child’s pain and nurses the child back to health. Even when the child grows up to an adult, the mother still feels every pain and hurt that her adult child feels.
It is said that a man is a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but I tell you that a mother is a master of all.
A mother is a nurse.
A mother is a teacher.
A mother is a Chef.
A mother is a janitor.
A mother is a helper.
A mother is a counselor.
A mother is a chauffeur.
A mother is a mentor.
A mother is blessed.
For the children here today I want to tell you what God says about the way you are to treat your mother.
Of the Ten Commandments, the first four are what we call vertical commands pertaining to God. The first of the lateral commandments says this.
12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
God considers your parents, especially your mother to be very important in your life. This is even the first commandment with a promise of a better life for those who honors and obeys their parents.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 "Honor your father and mother"-- which is the first commandment with a promise--
3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
Children and youth, you may think that you have the meanest and dumbest parents in the world, but if they didn’t love you then they wouldn’t care what you did with your life. Only perfect children can require perfection from their parents. The only one that has ever lived a perfect life is Jesus Christ. Because your mother loves you, she disciplines you. Sometimes as parents we make mistakes with our children because we are not perfect, but as parents our love for our children never fades.
5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
Just as God disciplines his children that He loves, we as parents disciplines our children because we love you and want the very best for you.
I see many families today that the children even very little ones shows no respect or authority for the parents. We live in a world today that is control by switches, except for when we control our children. I can remember as a child my mom telling me to go out a cut a branch off of these bushes that she had in the yard when I disobeyed her. I would go and cut the smallest switch I could find and take it back in to her. That was a big mistake because it just got her that much madder at me. I would have to go back out and cut another one. Finally after getting one that she was satisfied with, she would whip my little legs. Back then parents didn’t have to worry about leaving red marks on the child. Also back then children not only respected their parents, but we showed respect to all adults.