Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mothers Day

The commandment with a promise: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12 KJV) Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (Ephesians 6:2-3 KJV)

God requires that mothers receive honor. How might we do this?

Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. (Proverbs 23:12 KJV) Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22 KJV)

This makes a mother’s heart happy!

My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. (Proverbs 23:15 KJV) Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. (Proverbs 23:25 KJV)

For many of us, we may think it impossible our honor to our mothers, for they have left this life. We miss them and feel that loss strongly as Mothers Day brings their memories close. How might we honor them now? How can they know that we do? The Bible assures us that when they are with the Lord, they know:

And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 8:11 KJV)

… now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12b KJV)

Matthew 7:21-23’s description is specific as to how memories are intact when standing before the judgment seat. We will know, and be known. The greatest honor that a child can give a mother is to live God’s commandments:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)

As a mother, I know the greatest honor a child can bestow is to spend eternity with our Lord in heaven. I know many feel these verses apply as they pray for their children, longing that they truly may have God’s grace, and so very grateful when they do:

And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:14-15 KJV)

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