Mothers hold a special place in our hearts and teaching kids to honor her is profitable for all. It’s hardly necessary to instruct children to love their mothers – that comes naturally! However, learning to respect and obey, as God expects, is a necessary part of a minister’s duties. Lean on the scriptures to bring kids a reliable, nurturing “word” from God’s written treasure chest.
Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long in the land, that the Lord your God is giving you.”
Tell kids: Many explorers have traveled the world looking for the “fountain of youth,” a place where they can live forever. As Christians, we don’t need a magic formula for a long life – we have the promises of God! Did you know that God promises you long life when you honor your mother? That’s right! How do you do it? Speak to your mother with a kind voice and respect. Don’t disobey her or lie to her. Be a person who brings her honor.
Proverbs 29:15 “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”
Tell kids: You know, it is fun do whatever you want – isn’t it? Sleep when you want. Eat what you want. Do what you want. Right? That’s not what God says! He says if we refuse to accept wisdom and instruction from our mother, we will make her feel ashamed. Make Mom feel proud! Listen to her when she teaches you important lessons like how to keep your room tidy or how to be a good friend.
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Tell kids: Gifts don’t always come in boxes, especially gifts from God. The gifts God gives are often in the shape of people. He gives us special people, like Moms, to love us and raise us with kindness. (Show kids a gift box with a lid. Place a picture of a Mom in the box.) Do you see this box? Inside it is a gift more valuable than gold and silver. More expensive than jewels or a fast car. No gift is better than this gift. (Open the box and show the picture.) This is my Mom! She’s a nice lady who loves God and taught me all about Him. She is more precious than any gift I have ever received.
Teaching kids a Mother’s Day lesson in your children’s church helps build happier homes and stronger children. Learning what God says about mothers helps children find a place of blessing with God.
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