5719 mothers, responsibilities of
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The fundamental importance of motherhood is recognised throughout Scripture.

Motherhood and childbirth

God plans happiness for women in motherhood

Psalm 113:9

The need for a mother's cleansing after childbirth

See also Leviticus 12:1-8; Luke 2:22-24

A mother's relationship with her children

A mother loves and cares for her children

1 Thessalonians 2:7 Paul's statement assumes that a mother's normal attitude towards her child is one of love and care. See also Luke 2:48

A mother's role as teacher

Proverbs 1:8 See also Proverbs 6:20; 2 Timothy 1:5

The responsibility to discipline children

Proverbs 29:15

The joy or sorrow of parents at their children's conduct

Proverbs 10:1 See also Proverbs 23:25

The negative influence of some mothers upon their children

2 Chronicles 22:3 See also Genesis 27:5-17; 1 Kings 22:52; Matthew 14:6-8; Matthew 20:20-22

Children's reponsibility to honour their parents

Exodus 20:12 pp Deuteronomy 5:16 “Honour” implies respect, obedience and care for the parents' needs. See also Leviticus 19:3; Matthew 19:19 pp Mark 10:19 pp Luke 18:20; Ephesians 6:1-3

This honour is due especially to mothers in old age

Proverbs 23:22

Penalties for disobeying parents

Exodus 21:15,17; Deuteronomy 21:18-21; Proverbs 20:20; Matthew 15:4-6 pp Mark 7:10-13

Sexual relations with one's mother or mother-in-law are forbidden

Leviticus 18:7; Deuteronomy 27:23

Upon marriage the mother-child relationship becomes secondary

Genesis 2:24 See also Matthew 19:5 pp Mark 10:7; Ephesians 5:31

Care for a mother-in-law

Ruth 2:11 See also Matthew 8:14-15 pp Mark 1:29-31 pp Luke 4:38

The ministry of Jesus Christ may produce conflict within families

Luke 12:53 pp Matthew 10:35-36

Following Jesus Christ involves a commitment to him even deeper than love of one's parents

Matthew 10:37 See also Luke 14:26

Jesus Christ regards those who do God's will as his own family

Matthew 12:49-50 pp Mark 3:31-35 pp Luke 8:19-21 See also Matthew 19:29 pp Mark 10:29 pp Luke 18:29-30

See also

5218  authority in home
5428  nurse
5652  babies
5663  childbirth
5668  children, responsibilities to parents
5684  fathers
5731  parents
5802  care
8209  commitment to Christ
8287  joy, experience
8299  love in relationships

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