How to Honor Your Mother


We honor our mother—not because she's worthy but because the Lord commanded us to.

Leviticus 19:3

The Bible says that 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 Mother unconditionally. We are to care for Mom no matter how she carries out her maternal responsibilities. Women will respond in various ways to their God-given role. But all children are called to love their mother simply because the Lord has placed her in their life.

Be attentive to Mom’s needs. Starting in infancy, a child is accustomed to taking from his or her parents. So it can be easy to forget that they 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. The greatest gift we can give a godly mother is to surrender our life to Jesus Christ (Prov. 23:22-25). Even a mom who isn’t a Christian will no doubt take pride in a believing child whose life radiates love, kindness, and charity.

Pray for Mom. Nothing is more practical than prayer. Talking with the Lord about your mother, both privately and in her presence, reminds her that she is important and loved.

The specific ways you cherish your mom 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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