We hear every day about wicked mothers who do evil things and lead their children astray, but thank God for godly mothers who nurture their children in the way of the Lord even though they are not perfect.
The truth is motherhood is no easy job. The dangers of divorce, acceptance of immorality, and a preoccupation with self-fulfillment have taken their toll on the family, making it impossible for many to fulfil their ministry as a mother. While our culture spins out of control and the family unit breaks down, the Bible lifts up the family and exalts the place of the woman in the family. Motherhood is a ministry. It is a ministry of teaching, preparing children to follow God’s pathways, and being an example of the love of Jesus.
While many Christian Women are trying to be godly and care for their family as commanded by God, the ungodly society we live in has greatly influenced quite a lot of women such that they would rather have a successful career and be reckoned with in society than have a settled home. The older women are encouraged to teach / train the young women in the noble, excellent, and beautiful things of life which results to a Godly home/family. The older women are to teach the young and mothers How to be a Godly Mother in an Ungodly World. (Titus 2 vs 3-5)
Keys to being a godly Mother and building a happy home:
I. Love Your Husband
The marriage relationship takes priority. Ephesians 5:22-33 lays down the principles that should govern the home where the husband and wife desire to love each other in the will of God. When the marriage relationship is priority, the wife and husband will be the most fulfilled. The children will learn how to have successful marriage. Also, the wife and husband will both be aware of the dangers of placing other pursuits as priorities above the marriage relationship.
2. Love Your Children
Loving our children does not mean giving them everything they want or making sure that they keep up with the world. Loving children means discipline. Proverbs 23:13-14 “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.” It also means teaching them to love Jesus Christ. It means caring for their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs. Psalm 127:3-5. 2 Timothy 1:5
It means helping our children to develop Christian Character as demonstrated by mothers in these four areas (Four Areas):
– Be Self-Controlled (discreet KJV; sensible NASB; live wisely (NLT). This means to be sober minded. 1 Timothy 2:9
– Be Pure. This relates to the image of purity. Christian women are to be chaste, modest, pure in heart and mind. Think in terms of speech, dress, all relationships. Christian mothers need to pass these on to children.
– Be Kind. Kindness deals with doing good, being benevolent toward others, hospitality. Having a giving nature.
-Be submissive. Women should submit to their Husbands as a good example of submission in the family. “Where love and mutual respect rule the home there will be little problem with submission on the part of the wife…The husband is not a dictator, but he exercises his headship primarily by service. This is the same way that Jesus expressed his headship over the church.” (Bruce Stewart).
The Mother’s Ministry is one of the toughest assignments God ever gave anybody. She’s got to be as insightful as a psychologist, tough as a Marine Corps drill instructor, gentle as a nurse. She’s got to be a labor and management negotiator. A teacher, an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter, a cook and importantly, a role model. The way a mother lives her life reflects on her children and even her husband. Choose to be a Virtuous Woman, who against all odds in this ungodly world would raise a godly family. Proverbs 31 vs 10-31.