Pastor’s Pen 05/06/2022

Pastor’s Pen 05/06/2022

Her children rise up and bless her. Proverbs 31:28

 Happy Mother’s day to all of our mothers here at Grace Harvest. As we honor are mothers I want to share with you the following from Got Questions.

“Being a mother is a very important role that the Lord     chooses to give to many women. A Christian mother is told to love her children (Titus 2:4-5), in part so that she does not bring reproach on the Lord and on the Savior whose name she bears.  Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5). In Titus 2:4, the Greek word phileoteknos appears in reference to mothers loving their children. This word represents a special kind of “mother love.” The idea that flows out of this word is that of caring for our children, nurturing them,  affectionately embracing them, meeting their       needs, and tenderly befriending each one as a unique gift from the hand of God.

Several things are commanded of Christian mothers   in God’s Word: Availability, morning, noon, and night (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). Involvement,  interacting, discussing, thinking, and processing life together (Ephesians 6:4). Teaching, the Scriptures and a  biblical worldview (Psalm 78:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:10; Ephesians 6:4). Training,  helping a child to develop skills and discover his/her strengths (Proverbs 22:6) and spiritual gifts (Romans 12:3-8 and  Corinthians 12). Discipline ” teaching the fear of the Lord, drawing    the line consistently, lovingly, firmly (Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15-17). Nurture, providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, unconditional love (Titus 2:4; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 4:29-32; 5:1-2; Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 3:8-9).  Modeling with Integrity ” living what you say, being a model from which  a child can learn by “catching” the essence of godly living (Deuteronomy 4:9, 15, 23;   Proverbs 10:9; 11:3; Psalm 37:18, 37).

The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However, it does say that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the responsibility  seriously. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives  of their children. Motherhood is not a chore or  unpleasant task. Just as a mother bears a child during   pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child during infancy,  so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their children, whether they are adolescents, teenagers, young adults, or even adults with children of their own. While the role of motherhood must change and develop, the love, care, nurture, and encouragement a mother gives should never cease.”

May God bless our mothers and may their children rise up and call her blessed.

Your shepherd,

Pastor Mark

 

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