Mother’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year because I love doing gifts from the heart!
However, I feel like it’s so important to really be honoring mom all year round. God has a pretty deadly seriousness how I relate to my mom.
Most of us are familiar with the fifth of the Ten Commandments and the promise we are given in it: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you” (Ex. 20:12). But if you keep reading past that, you’ll discover that in Leviticus, there are some pretty serious consequences for the sons or daughters who dishonor their parents. This snippet is enough to make me stop in my tracks:
Leviticus 20:9 states: “For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.”
Proverbs 20:20 states that, “If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.”
Then in Proverbs 30:17 you read that, “The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.”
This all sounds so grim for a beautiful Mother’s Day post I know, but God. The Bible also tells us that when we fail to honor our moms, it’s as serious as dishonoring God Himself.
Dishonor comes in many different forms: like defiance, disrespectful comments or sarcasm. For me, it was in my teen years that I began to develop a haughty attitude toward Mom and stepmom. I just thought that she was wrong about EVERYTHING and that I had it all figured out. And, my stepmom, sweet as peaches, and I was so rude to her. For even one of these “small,” selfish thoughts, I deserved God’s full wrath for a dishonoring daughter.
Thankfully, He is as just as he is forgiving. ♥️
It’s only recently in the last couple years (I’m 29 now) that I’ve humbled myself before God and let him put a filter on my mouth and a guard on my heart. To keep out the bad and let in the good.
Ask anyone who knows my mom, they’ll tell you she has done the best she could for what she had. My stepmom is the greatest in every way—so sweet.
So what did it look like to begin honoring our moms? What does honor look like for all of us?
We cherish, esteem, and look up to the woman God has chosen to be our mom. Or moms if we are blessed with a bonus mom like a step mom! 🙂 As I have been! Then we follow through on that attitude by showing respect through our words and our obedience. The Bible has serious standards:
• Obedience while under her authority (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20).
• Dependence upon her wisdom and counsel (Prov. 6:20-23).
• Eagerness to receive her training and instruction, especially in the language of biblical womanhood (Titus 2:4-5).
• Dedication to serving her and meeting her practical needs (1 Tim. 5:4).
• Respect and esteem for her godly example (Prov. 31:28-31; Eph. 6:1).
• Pursuit of a God-glorifying lifestyle that brings her joy (Prov. 10:1; 15:20; 23:24-25).
• Encouragement and gratefulness for her sacrifice (Prov. 31:28-31).
(For those of you reading this whose mom is not a Christian or is an immature believer, honor will look different in your case. Though there are many things you can apply from this list, you are not to follow your mom into sin, condone her wrong behavior, or respect her ungodly lifestyle.)
There are no “buts” to this command. We shouldn’t think we are the exception to this rule. The Bible doesn’t say, “Oh, by the way, if your mom has messed up, or if you don’t agree with her decisions, you can disrespect her and this command.” The requirement to honor our mothers applies to everyone, all the time, and for the rest of our lives.
God demands nothing less than perfect honor toward our moms. 💗