Tuesday, May 6, 2014
How to Treat Mom (in accord with God's Word)
Children, be obedient to your parents in union with the Lord, for this is righteous. "Honor your father and your mother" is the first command with a promise: "That it may go well with you and you may remain a long time on the earth."
Honoring your father and mother is the first precept of The Ten Commandments that comes with a vow from God. Obey and honor your earthly parents, and you will experience the blessing and reward of long life. The actions you make in the physical world simultaneously reflect the state of your spiritual being, so the way you respect and honor your parents in a worldly manner translates to the spiritual and moral nature in which you honor your creator, Jehovah. Remember that obeying may be an act of obligation, and honoring is an act of admiration and respect; both are important in your dynamic with your parents.
Proverbs 6:20, 21
Observe, my son, the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the instruction of your mother. Always bind them around your heart; tie them about your neck.
It seems that part of growing up is to rebel against and defy our parents. At times, we feel as if we have gained enough knowledge to fend for ourselves, but our parents have lived longer and gained wisdom we are only to learn by the time we have replaced them as mothers, fathers and grandparents. Especially if your parents are servants of Jehovah, always keep their words at heart and instill those values inside of you, so you may always be found even when you are lost.
Proverbs 31: 10, 25-30
Who can find a capable wife? Her value is far more than that of corals... She is clothes with strength and splendor, and she looks to the future with confidence. She opens her mouth in wisdom; the law of kindness is on her tongue. She watches over the activity of her household, and the bread of laziness she does not eat. Her children rise up and declare her happy; her husband rises up and praises her. There are many capable women, but you – you surpass them all. Charm may be false, and beauty may be fleeting, but the woman who fears Jehovah will be praised.
Can you imagine the response your mother will have if you were to read this beautiful verse to her? Rise up, and give her the praise she deserves. There is no comparison to a woman who lives by the word of God; show the women in your life how strong and cherished they are every single day of the year, not just on special occasions.
What do you think it means to “honor your father and mother?” Let us know how you put this into practice in your daily life in the comments below!