Parenting – Motherhood

A mother is the one who gives birth to or one who raises a child. In Hebrew the word for mother is em, a word that implies “the bond of the family.” To mother a child is to nurture, protect, and comfort her children. A mother is to be a source of blessing to her children. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”(Proverbs 31:28)

To determine your biblical accountability as a mother, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you voluntarily defer to your husband’s leadership in your home? “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” (Ephesians 5:22–23)
  • Do you show respect for your husband? “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33)
  • Do you give unconditional love to your husband and children? “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children.” (Titus 2:3–4)
  • Do you exhibit self-control, kindness, and a pure heart in your home? “Then they can train the younger women … to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” (Titus 2:4–5)
  • Do you provide for the needs of your family? “She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.” (Proverbs 31:15)
  • Do you openly express a mother’s compassion toward your children? “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?” (Isaiah 49:15)
  • Do you have a gentle, caring spirit toward your children? “We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.” (1 Thessalonians 2:7)
  • Do you instruct your children with wisely chosen words? “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:26)
  • Do you set an example of strength and dignity along with a sense of humour? “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” (Proverbs 31:25)
  • Do you demonstrate unmistakable faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord? “Then Jesus answered, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:28)