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Once a year, we appreciate mothers on Mother’s Day, but we should be praising them year-round. Here are just a few of the ways to remember, honor, and feel gratitude for all those wonderful, godly mothers.

Jesus, reiterating the fifth commandment found in Exodus 20:12, said:

“Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'”

– Matthew 19:19

We honor our mothers, not only because God commands us to do so but also because they gave us life. Because we would not have survived after birth without the constant care and nurturing a mother provides.

What the Bible says about godly mothers

According to the Bible, the following are just a few of the characteristics that make up a godly mother.

  1. Loves and trusts God; put His will first.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the perfect example of the godliest mother of all. Even before Jesus was born, she demonstrated her love and honor for God putting His will first and above her own. She put all her trust in God.

“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.”

– Luke 1:38

  1. Regularly praises God.

“And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord’.”

– Luke 1:40

In the so-called song of Mary, found in Luke 1, beginning at verse 46, Mary praises the glory of God.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

–Philippians 4:4

  1. Loving.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

A godly mother is a loving mother. All the other attributes, such as kindness and patience, are products of love.

  1. Reliable

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”

– Isaiah 49:15

In truth, yes, a mother can forget. But a reliable, dependable mother never will. As the love of God will never fail us, neither will and godly, loving mother ever forget the needs of her child.

  1. Self-sacrificing.

“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

–Proverbs 31:27

Mothers make a house a home. They sacrifice their plan and do for others in the household, making sure the needs of others are met. Modern mothers often work outside the home and take care of the household and children as well.

  1. Comforting.

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

– Isaiah 66:13

Our formative years’ shape who we will become. They can be challenging, and it’s hard to grow up properly with a healthy mental attitude without the comfort a mother provides. 

The prophet Isaiah compares the image of maternal comfort to the comfort which God will give the children of all nations, in the end, times, in the New Jerusalem.

  1. Instructive.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

– Proverbs 22:6

A godly mother raises godly children. She provides lifelong lessons that only a mother can provide.

“And so train the young women to love their husbands and children,”

–Titus 2:4

  1. Disciplines.

“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”

– Proverbs 13:24

One of the hardest things for a mother to do is discipline her child. But it is a necessity done out of love. Sometimes we must endure painful lessons to grow. It makes us stronger.

“A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.”

–Proverbs 29:15