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MOTHERHOOD

                             MOTHERHOOD
 

It is always good to remember a godly mother.  Jesus while on the cross of
shame and suffering thought of His mother and instructed John to care for
her after His death (John 19:26, 27).  One of the sweetest words in any
language is 'Mother'.  A dictionary is not necessary to possess an
understanding of such a meaningful term.  One of the primary purposes of
marriage is the propagating of the human race.  (Genesis 1:27)
The role of motherhood should never be taken lightly nor should the
status of being a mother be made light of in this modern age.  There is no greater relation for a woman to sustain in this life than being a Christian mother.
 
Perhaps the crowning act of creation by the Lord God was the forming of
woman from the side of man.  God saw that it was not good for man to be
alone thus He gave to him a helpmeet suitable for him.  Adam later named this
woman "Eve" because she was the "mother of all living"
(Genesis 2:18-25;
3:20). 
The wise man taught that "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing"
and that "a prudent wife is from Jehovah" (Proverbs 18:18; 19:14).  In the
bringing forth of a child, the husband and wife truly become one flesh.
This is the binding together of the two.  Motherhood is the highest honor
given to woman.  No matter what else she may do in life, it should be
secondary to her being the kind of mother that God desires. 
 
A mother is greatly responsible for the spiritual training of her children
(Proverbs 22:6).  Her influence is great for good or bad.  Abraham Lincoln
said of his mother, "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel
mother".  An old Spanish proverb states that "An ounce of mother is worth a
pound of clergy".  Most of us have heard the old saying that "The hand that
rocks the cradle rules the world".  Several years ago "Ma Barker" trained
her sons to rob, steal and to kill.  It was said that the infamous Nero had
a murderess for a mother.

However the Bible is filled with examples of godly mothers who influenced
their loved ones to live for the Lord.  Jochebed, the mother of Moses,
guided that young heart in the right way because when he became an adult, he
"refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to
share ill treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of
sin for a season" (Numbers 26:59; Hebrews 11:


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