Mother's Day is right around the corner. A gift I wanted to encourage you and I to give is the gift of honoring our mothers.
To honor one's may may mean different things for different age groups. The fact that God Himself requires us to do it, makes it a timeless gift.
The word honor means "high respect, as for worth, merit or rank." The deed of honoring our mothers as adults means to do it in their presence and specially their absence.
I'm no perfect mother and I quickly come to realize that no one really is. Mothers do the best they can with what they have. In order to better honor your mother, you may have to do some forgiving. Once your heart has attained the God kind of forgiveness, your words will show it.
I often hear people dishonoring their mothers with their lips. "How sad," is what I think every time. I am aware that some mothers make huge mistakes and not everyone's childhood is as happy as it should be. God is still calling us to take the step of faith and trust in His wisdom to honor still.
I am challenging you and I to search our words and to ask God to change us so that honoring our mothers can come from the heart.
To be more specific, if we are constantly slandering our mothers instead of having an honest conversation with her, we need a change of heart. Some hurts are deep, some feelings unbearable. I know God to be faithful to heal and restore. It's a freeing process, a holy endeavor worth pursuing.
Friends, I know that I can't force others to honor me. I also know that I am responsible for my own heart and as for me, I want to do the hard work that leads to honoring my mother daily.
"Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise-- "so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."