In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
May 9, 2008 – How to Honor Your Mother - Leviticus 19:3
Welcome to the In Touch Devotional.
The Bible says everyone is to honor his or her mother, and God is pleased when we take practical measures to fulfill this command.
Children of all ages should Love their Mother unconditionally. We are to care for Mom no matter how she carries out her maternal responsibilities. Some women will do better than others at living up to their God-given role. But all children are called to love their mother simply because the Lord has placed her in their lives.
So, be attentive to Mom’s needs. Starting in infancy, kids are accustomed to taking from their parents. So it can be easy to forget Mom and Dad have needs too. Stop and consider what your mother might appreciate. For example, household help offered cheerfully is usually welcome. As Mom grows older, she may need assistance for her physical or emotional well-being. Some women desire only that their children express gratitude or care.
Live righteously. Proverbs 23 says the greatest gift we can give a godly mother is to surrender our life to Jesus Christ. Even a mom who isn’t a Christian will no doubt take pride in a believing child whose life is filled with love, kindness, and charity.
And, pray for Mom. Nothing is more practical than prayer. Talking with the Lord about Mother, both privately and in her presence, reminds her that she is important and loved. The specific ways you cherish your mother will depend upon her personality and yours. But Mother’s Day isn’t the only time to show her your love and gratitude. Honor her every day.
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