Summary: 6 of 6 messages on family. This message was given on Mother’s day. Sources include several from authors from Sermon Central

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Mother’s Day Tributes


My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

-George Washington

Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.

-George Eliot

There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.

-Andrew Jackson

My mother loved children - she would have given anything if I had been one.

-Groucho Marx

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.

-Spanish proverb

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me but I think she enjoyed it.

-Mark Twain

Teaching Your Children to Give Honor

What’s wrong with the world... People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas.


This morning we are going to deal with the issue of respect – honor given to our parents.

It is important. It is Godly. It is the 5th commandment – with a promise.

Honor your mother and father is the command.

Why? Let me give you three powerful arguments for why you should obey this commandment.

The First Reason to Obey the 5th Commandment

It doesn’t come natural for children. As we read the next passage of scripture together, I want you to notice how the command for children respect and the command for parents teach it are linked.

So how do you respect your teenage son who just lied to you...again?

How do you respond to your daughter when you say, "I love you" and the response a flippant, "That’s nice"?

What do you do with a kid that seems bent on being sarcastic and flip about everything serious and who fights you on all things Godly.

It begins – this may not seem logical – with you granting them respect – and trust. More than anything else, your adolescent craves your total trust.

Author Fritz Ridenour says, "You might as well trust your teenager; you don’t have any other reasonable choice. Distrust simply breeds more distrust, but if you keep trusting your teenager, sooner or later the message will get through."

If the thought of extending more trust scares you, then somewhere along the way, the natural trust that exists between parent and child has been damaged or lost.

How did it happen? Will it happen again?

Five Trust Busters (By Claudia Arp)

A single mistake

Have you ever said to your adolescent, "If I can’t trust you in this area, how can I trust you in other areas?" In truth, trust is not a one-time gift. It must be given again from time to time. Refusing to reinvest your trust, totally blocks your child from rebuilding it.

Important tip: When a serious breech of trust has occurred, quickly establish a path back and a restoration time line. Try saying, "This has been a real learning situation, and I feel you’re learning the importance of being open and honest with us. That’s real progress. Let’s continue to work together on this, and I believe we can rebuild the trust between us."

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