This Sunday, the nation will celebrate Mother’s Day. Honoring our mothers is important not only to them, but also to us and to God.
Our moms hold a most special place in our hearts. Regardless of their education, talents or accomplishments, they’re special because they carried us in their wombs, and then gave us life. They fed us, bathed us, and nurtured us when we were helpless and needy. We are from them and literally part of them.
My mom went to heaven years ago, but I’ll honor her memory by sharing stories with my grandchildren about how my mom raised me to fear God, love truth and live by faith.
If nothing else, shouldn’t we love our moms, care for them when they grow old as they cared for us and, this Mother’s Day, honor them in a special way?
There are several biblical reasons why honoring our moms is so important—not just on Mother’s Day but every day.
Motherhood is Biological and Spiritual
The word “mother” first occurs in Genesis 2:24, where God created male and female, named them Adam and Eve and ordained marriage between father and mother: “For a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife.”
God’s plan starts with one man and one woman who, forsaking all others, cleave to each other and form a God-designed team from which God can give children to be raised up in the fear of God. Therefore, motherhood is not just biological, but a spiritual position ordained of God.
‘Honor Thy Mother’
What does God say about honoring our parents? The Fifth Commandment instructs us to honor our fathers and mothers. But honoring is more than being thankful. To honor includes obeying them as God’s stewards over us and submitting ourselves to their direction as we would to God. When done well, moms instructing their children in the ways of God is powerful.
Honoring Mothers Brings Great Reward
Honoring, obeying, and respecting our mothers and fathers is so important to God that He connects this commandment with a promise of long life. Exodus 20:12 is clear: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
It’s a Sacred Position
The position of mother is sacred. Mothers themselves can honor God on this special day by striving to become more like the woman described in Proverbs 31: virtuous, excellent, trustworthy, responsible, disciplined, a capable administrator, confident, compassionate and a planner. The result? Your children will arise and call you blessed, and your husband will praise you.
Additionally, God had a very important task for mothers at creation. Moms and grandmothers, are you teaching your children to fear God and obey Him as you train them? Are you setting the kind of example that’s worthy of God’s commendation and respect from your children?
Honor Wives and Moms by Loving Them
As fathers and husbands, the Bible tells men to honor our wives by loving them. As children, we should honor our mothers by thanking God for them. God’s plan for the home—father, mother and children—works best when all are on board, working together in love as a family unit for His glory and according to His plan.
This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate, honor and re-commit ourselves to God’s plan for our moms, families and children. I pray that all of us as fathers, mothers and children will not only thank God for His design for our families, but also earnestly ask, “Lord, how are we doing?”
The Hon. Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on more than 400 stations and Host of the “Stand in the Gap” national television program.