In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
May 4, 2007 – Honoring Our Wives and Mothers – Romans 12:9-18
Welcome to the In Touch Devotional.
Throughout Scripture, the Lord calls us to love one another (Romans 13:8), live in harmony (Romans 12:16), and serve each other (Galatians 5:13). Husbands are in a position to put these words into practice toward their wives and mothers. Fathers can also influence their children to follow this example.
Showing honor begins by recognizing the enormous job God has given every mother. The Lord entrusted her with caring for the family. She provides support and encouragement to her husband, trains her children in godliness, and contributes to the well-being of the home. A Christian woman’s desire should be to carry out this mission in ways that please the Lord. We can uplift her by mentioning the godly qualities we see in her and our appreciation for all her efforts on our behalf. She’ll also be encouraged when we express words of affirmation and love that let her know how important she is to us and our family. We’ll also show her honor by relieving some of her burdens.
Being a good listener is another way of showing esteem to our wives and mothers.
We’re to pay attention to the significant women in our lives. And that doesn’t mean listening while watching television or interrupting the conversation to take a phone call. On a regular basis, mom needs time when family members concentrate exclusively on her and truly hear what she’s saying.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you live out the Lord’s commands in a way that truly honors your loved ones.
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