The Value Of Godly Mothers (Proverbs 31:10-31)Bennie Byler, May 10, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Brother Bennie began by noting that for some, Mother's Day is painful. Some mothers have passed on, and some women have not had the privilege of becoming mothers.
The sermon text, Proverbs 31:10-31, gives many characteristics of a godly woman.
God's plan is for women to marry and have children for which to care. Virtuous mothers are crucial to the success of families and nations. Young girls learn the art of motherhood by learning from and by modeling their own mothers. The truths that godly mothers teach their children will stay with them throughout their lives. Those that turn away from what they have been taught bring a curse on their lives.
Brother Bennie concluded by sharing some of his family history, pointing out God's guiding hand through various trials. In addition, he read a poem and a reading emphasizing the crucial role of mothers in a family.
10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (KJV)