Monday, September 22, 2014

The Law of Your Mother

A mother's influence is great; a mother's love is strong. Every mother therefore should endeavor to use her influence wisely, and for her child's eternal good. A very great responsibility rests upon godly mothers, which they should realize, and realizing should act under a sense of it. The mother's life should be the child's lesson; and the mother's words should be the child's law. The authority of the mother is essentially the authority of love; and the teachings of the mother should be the teachings of love. With these thoughts in the mind, we want to enforce the inspired admonition to the young, for

The OBJECT to Be Regarded. A godly mother's law. O what a privilege to have a godly mother! One who knows   the value of the soul,  the person of the Savior,  the way of salvation, and  the power of vital piety in her own heart.

Such a mother will teach her child   to value what is really important and spiritual;  to secure a saving interest in eternal felicity;  to avoid the sinful and the dangerous;  to do the necessary and the moral;  to enjoy the lawful and the profitable;  to prepare for the future and eternal.

In a word, she will enforce on her child the advice of the Savior, "Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness." The salvation of the child's soul will be nearest her heart. The early and entire consecration of her child to God will be the object at which she aims. For this she will teach, and pray and act. Nor will less than this, ever satisfy her maternal mind.
[James Smith]
Proverbs 1:8 ... My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Proverbs 22:6 ... Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ... Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.