By Lou Yeboah
Well, I hate to burst your bubble, God never said if you thought she deserved to be honored, he said: “Honor thy father and thy mother.” Honor—No Ifs, Ands, Or Buts! There is no escape clause at the end of these verses. Over and over in Scripture, God commands us to “honor” our parents. It’s a command that thy days may be long upon the land that the LORD your God is giving you. A commandment with a promise [Ephesians 6:2]. In honoring your father and mother, you are rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man. [Ephesians 6:7]. The primary teaching here is that if Israel would keep the Fifth Commandment, the nation would dwell in Canaan without interruption—but if Israel’s homes were ruined by disobedient children—then, neither strong armies nor walled cities could stop the enemy.
For thus saith the Lord; I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.” [Colossians 2:1-23].
I tell you, one of the most powerful ways we can honor our parents; mother, and father, besides giving them our respect and obedience, is to choose to forgive forward. God tells us that He will bless us as we honor our parents. So as “Mother’s Day” approaches, think of ways to be kind to your mother in spite of. Do it as if you are doing it unto the Lord, with thanksgiving and praise to whom all glory and honor is do.
Because as Tupac Shakur said in his lyrics [Dear Mama -2Pac], “Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place – I gotta thank the Lord that you made me. Dear Mama, You are appreciated.”
Celebrating and Honoring ALL Mothers – Happy Mother’s Day to you!