The old hymn, “Faith of Our Fathers” is a popular and loved one. But what about the faith of our mothers? Arthur B. Pattern actually penned a hymn with such a title in 1920. Our mothers’ faith can be the very reason many of us come to Christ and serve Him throughout our days.…
A Mother’s Faith Is a Living Faith. If a mother desires her children to become servants of the Lord, it should start with them. They need to obey Christ and have a living faith themselves. If they want the sins of their children to one day be cleansed, they should themselves repent and be baptized in order to wash their own sins away (Acts 2:38; 22:16); then they can teach their children to do the same when they mature. Young Timothy was in many ways the product of the living faith exercised in his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15).
A Mother’s Faith Is a Loving Faith. A loving faith requires unconditional trust in the wisdom of God when it comes to raising our children. It’s difficult as a parent to go against the grain of modern “Wisdom” which argues that a parent should never “Spank” his child. But God’s glorious wisdom far exceeds that of the wisest of men (1 Corinthians 1:20). God says, “Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:13-14). We have examples of the failed wisdom of modern men all around us. Children who disrespect their parents abound. The children who receive regular, biblical discipline, for the most part, end up respecting their parents, then respecting their teachers, then the government, and then more importantly, God. Thus they respect and obey God and their souls are delivered from hell. The world says it’s unloving to spank a child. God says, “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly” (Prov 13:24).
A Mother’s Faith Is a Leading Faith. Mothers must lead through example (Matt. 5:13-16). When children see their mother miss services regularly, neglect to read their bibles daily, and not praying daily, they are teaching them spiritually negligent behavior (Heb. 10:25; Acts 17:11; 1 Ths 5:17). They’re likely to follow suit! Further, if you want your child to respect your authority, you must respect the authority of their father. Your husband! (Ephesians 5:22, 33). When wives fail to submit to and respect their husbands, their children see that and learn from it.
Let’s love and respect our mothers on a regular basis. They are are true blessing from God!