In the world we live in, it can sometimes be hard to know what it means to be a godly mom. As Christians, we know God has a purpose for us as mothers and it’s more than what the world says. Even when we look to the word of God to guide us, it’s not always easy to figure out what to do in every situation.
If you’re struggling with the idea of being a godly mom, remember that the Lord is gracious and that none of us are perfect. We are all trying to do the best we can, and the Lord sees our hearts and our efforts. So, let’s get into the different characteristics of a Godly mom.
How to be a Godly Mother in an Ungodly World
In an ungodly world, how is it possible to be a mom who displays God’s light and love? The truth is, it’s not easy because of all the challenges we face in motherhood. But it is possible to reflect the truth of the gospel in our daily lives despite these challenges.
There’s no manual for motherhood and nowadays there are so many different books and opinions on how to be the best parent. The sheer amount of information and opinions out there can be overwhelming. But even in uncertainty, the Bible can be a guide to show us the right path and guide us in even the smallest decisions.
We become godly moms by following the Bible and relying on the Lord instead of ourselves. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (NIV) Being the type of mom God calls us to be doesn’t mean we’re perfect. It means we rely on God’s grace and strength because of our own weakness.
Trusting in God is so important no matter what part of the motherhood journey you’re on. Everyday we have to make so many small decisions and we often fall short of what we could be. In these times, we have to ask for God’s grace and for the Holy Spirit to guide us. We ask for discernment and for the Lord to convict us when we’ve done wrong. In order to be godly moms, we must choose to be humble and accepting of the Lord’s correction and the wisdom that comes from the more experienced mothers he has placed in our path.
Role of a Mother According to the Bible
The word of God speaks often and lovingly of mothers and frequently uses the love a mother has for her child as a metaphor representing God’s love for us. When we think of godly mothers, we often think of the Proverbs 31 woman, who is described in the Bible as “the wife of noble character.”
When reading about the Proverbs 31 woman, it is clear that she loved her family well and loved the Lord even more. The verses in this chapter also show us that this woman instructed her children and watched over her household. Proverbs 31 26-27 says “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” (NIV)
When you think about the significance of mothers in the Bible, you may consider how God chose a woman to give birth to Jesus. There are so many ways God could have chosen to send Jesus into the world, but he chose to make Mary a mother. While men and women both have very important roles on this earth, women have a unique and significant role when it comes to being a mom.
The role of a mother according to the Bible is not just taking care of the house. Whether you are a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, your role is to be the keeper of your family. You will love, nurture, and protect them at all costs. The Bible never says every woman will be a mother, but the Bible makes clear that those who are blessed with children must take the responsibility seriously and raise their children in ways of the Lord.
Proverbs 22:6 says “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” The role of the mother is to teach children the ways of the Bible, so that they will know their place in the world.
Characteristics of a Godly Mom
There are so many different ways to be a mom. From work habits to sleep habits, every mom may have an opinion on the right way to raise a child. But when it comes to being a godly mom, most of those decisions don’t matter. Here are five characteristics of a godly mom:
1. They are Nurturing
To nurture our children is to show them the love of God. From the time they are born to the day they graduate from high school, a godly mom chooses to nurture her children in order to help them thrive and become independent. Isaiah 66:13 says “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” (NIV) In this verse, God uses the nurturing qualities of a mother to show how he will comfort his people.
2. They are Humble
Motherhood is not an easy journey and no mom is perfect. But many moms are afraid to admit they’re not perfect and that they’re unable to get by on their own. Humility is a characteristic of a godly mom because she knows it is only through God’s strength and grace that she can carry on. 1 Peter 5:6-7 says “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIV) Being humble in front of our children also shows them why it’s important to rely on the Lord because he never fails us. God doesn’t ask us to think poorly of ourselves. But he does ask us to know that we are nothing without him. He is the one who gives us strength and lifts us up when we’re down.
3. They are Dedicated
In Proverbs 31, it mentions that the wife of noble character does not “eat the bread of idleness.” Godly mothers are dedicated to whatever they are gifted with, whether it is a job, their household or their marriage. On top of that, they are always dedicated to their children. They don’t give up when things are hard but instead they reach out to the Lord for help. It’s okay to admit that you need help and that you can’t do it all. Being a godly mom doesn’t mean you’re a super woman, it simply means you stay loyal to your family, no matter how hard things get.
4. They Forgive and Ask for Forgiveness
Forgiveness is such a big part of being a godly mom. It’s so easy to get upset with others, even our own children, when they don’t act the way they should. But as godly moms, we have to choose to move on and forgive others. It’s also part of humility to ask others for forgiveness. Ephesians 4:31-32 says “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (NIV) Because Christ has forgiven us of all our sins, we must choose to forgive others.
5. They Love Unconditionally
Our children are not always easy to love. They may test our patience and push boundaries. But the one thing all godly moms must have is unconditional love for their children. The influence you have on your children is great, and your love will continue to shape them for the rest of their lives. God’s love for us is an example of the way we should love our children. Even when we mess up, God still loves us. He doesn’t let us give up and he never abandons us. 1 John 4:7 says “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (NIV) When we find it difficult to love others, we must remember how much God loves us, even in our weakness.
Being a mom is not easy and every day seems to bring a new set of challenges. Dear friend, we know you may not always feel like you’re doing the best you can. If you’re struggling to be the mom God created you to be, remember that his grace is sufficient for you. Being a godly mom doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It means that you have faith in the Lord and you let him change you and mold you. It means you nurture, love, and protect your children in any way you can.
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