Grace Christian Huynh
Parents are to guide children so that they may live a lifestyle that is ideal in God’s eyes, but many people do not take advantage of God’s nor their parents’ teachings. I am very happy to have my mom because without her, I would be lost. She taught me many things about God and His Word and it has helps me every day.
“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalms 119:105)
Unfortunately, Mother’s Day is only once a year. It is unfortunate because many think because it is only for one day they should only honor their parents for one day.
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)
God wants you to treat your parents with respect and love. Mother’s Day is a day where sons and daughters give gifts to their mothers, but gifts and presents are useless when a mother is being treated badly by her children on normal days. What would be classified as treating mothers badly?
♦ Disobeying her: not doing what she wants or tells you to do.
♦ Disrespecting her: talking back to her and being rude.
♦ Looking down on her: acting as if you know more than she does and that your ways are always better than her way.
♦ Hurting her: physically or emotionally, neither is good. Trying to hurt her feelings or physically hurting her is definitely against God’s law.
♦ Lying to her: not telling her the truth, even though she is entitled to knowing things that go on in your life. Lying is just never a good thing anyway. Why would you want to break two of the commandments at the same time?
Even though mothers or parents for that matter, may not always be right, it is wrong to approach them in a hostile manner. Have a polite talk with them; you are the child and they are the adults. Even though you may not be a child, they are still your parents and they are the authority that God appointed over you. It is never okay to disrespect your mother. Unfortunately, many people, even believers of Christ, treat their mothers in that way. Whether you are a Christian or a nonbeliever, obeying parents is one of the most important commandments to God because He put it first above the other commandments about how people are to treat each other.
“Look: to obey is better than sacrifice;to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.” (I Samuel 15:22)
What does the way I act have to do with anybody else?
People are being judged on their fruit every day. The fruit, as mentioned in the Bible, is your product after knowing the teachings of Jesus. Are you applying His teachings to your life? Do you have God in your life? Can people tell if you are a follower in Christ? After God planted a seed in your heart with His Word, are you making good fruit or bad fruit? People can tell how strong of a believer you are by seeing if you follow the commandments of God and if you know what is right or wrong. If not, you can be an embarrassment to yourself, to your family, and especially to God.
“My son, keep your father’s commandand do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them always on your heart; fastenthem around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.” (Proverbs 6:20-22)
After reading this, make sure you celebrate your mother the right way and to do it every day! Mother’s Day should not be the only time you treat your mother well. Let her know you appreciate her. It is never too late to repent and ask for forgiveness if you ever did something bad to your mom. If she does not forgive you, it is all right, because God understands and you will be cleansed of your sin. If you really are sorry and really love your mother, God will always give you a chance. Make it up to mom because she deserves it!
“Listen to your father, who gave you life,and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth and do not sell it—wisdom, instruction and insight as well. The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful” (Proverbs 23:22-25)
Grace Christian Huynh