“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
A mother is a figure of comfort and strength. To become a mother of whom God can be proud of, we must first become a woman that God can be proud of. Becoming a woman after Christ’s heart starts just there; with a change of heart. The world teaches girls at a young age to be independent and (to the extreme) ‘man haters’. A change of heart is one of the most difficult challenges, but one that we as mothers, we will learn to do often.
Here in Proverbs is an awesome example of why pride has no place in a mother’s heart. Pride needs to be replaced with compassion. Don’t get me wrong here, being proud and standing your ground as opposed to disciplining your child are two different things. Showing a loving compassion for your child is the same thing that we ask God to show to us. Being a mother of God is to walk with a heart of Christ. A heart of love and compassion. For, where would we be, if our Father didn’t love us and show us compassion?
“But women (she) will be saved through childbearing – if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” 1 Timothy 2:15
In the whole context of this verse, it’s saying that we (women) were the first sinners and that through the up bringing of our children (not to mention ‘childbearing”!!!) we as women are saved, or ‘restored”. So, to sum this all up; when we raise our children in the way of the Lord, we are therein restoringourselves to the women God intended us to be.
God’s plan for us, originally, wasn’t to suffer through childbirth, only to be rejected later as a horrible mother (by the worlds’ standards.) We are to raise our children to honor and to love God and us, and they will be a blessing to our hearts. Just as we are a blessing to our Fathers’ heart when we worship Him or honor His name.
When we see our child doing what is right, don’t we instantly want to reward them? It’s the same with our Father in Heaven. But here is the difference: when the wrong choice has been made, our reaction is usually one of anger and rage (now, be honest here…) The Lords’ is one of sadness and grief.
Because that one wrong choice that we made (maybe being “too quick to anger”) has hindered our walk with HIm. And in doing so, has set us back in recieving the reward He wants and longs to give us.
That is the eternal love of our Father; “slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” (Ex. 34:6)
This is the same love and faithfulness that we need to show to our children so that they may see God through us. And that they will one day too walk with the Lord.
Here’s a Skit Guys video just for moms, because laughter is the best medicine…