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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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M Stands For …
Ephesians 6:1-3

Intro:
 Before we take a more light hearted looking at an acrostic of the letters found in the word MOTHER let’s take a look at a command in the Scripture that has a promise included in it.  Paul and Jesus both recounted one of the 10 Commandments. Listen to how Paul retells this command:

Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise-- 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

Paul is telling us what is the right way to live – the true way to live is to be obedient to our parents.  Paul doesn’t qualify how old the children are.  He just tells us that it is the right way to live.
There are benefits that are linked to one's obedience to this command and as well the opposite is true. Obedience gives way to a healthy long life and disobedience just the opposite.

Because we are not following the command we are paying the consequences as a nation and as individuals:

 

 

 

 

Let me give you 2 reasons why parents ought to be honored:

 

I would like to share some thoughts about mothers from the perspective of the 3 of the best moms in the world: the one I grew up with, Virginia Cook, one I got to know by marriage, Lorene Seibert – my mother-in-law, and the best mom ever is one I have been watching for 29 years Mary Beth; – these 3 godly women demonstrate true Christina motherhood.  Are these special ladies in my life perfect?  NO ask their kids and they would never say they were - But it is in my eyes the effort is what counts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:
     Mother really stands for Christ in their homes and in the community.  We are to imitate Christ - showing his love.  Should they be honored – Absolutely – by giving them the respect and love they deserve – How by being obedient.

 
 

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