A: Tomorrow is Mother's Day across our nation, a time when we should not only honor our mothers, but also thank God for all they've meant to us. Perhaps your mother wasn't perfect, but she still gave you life and took care of you when you could not take care of yourself. One of the Ten Commandments declares, “Honor your father and your mother, ... so that... it may go well with you” (Deuteronomy 5:16).
How can you be a better mother? First, love your children — and let them know you love them. They are a responsibility God has entrusted to you and your husband, but they also are a God-given gift, to be loved, treasured and enjoyed. One of the ways you love them is by teaching them about life. The Bible says, "My son... do not forsake your mother's teaching" (Proverbs 6:20).
Then don't be afraid to say "No" when your children do wrong, and to back it up with appropriate discipline (but not in anger). Be sure you and your husband agree, however; children are very adept at playing off one parent against the other! Always letting a child have his or her own way may seem like the loving thing to do at the time, but in reality it's a sure recipe for problems later on.
Finally, put Christ at the center of your family — and your life. Read the Bible and pray with your children; help them realize why church is important; let them see Christ in your relationship with each other. May God bless you — and every mother — on this special day.
Q: I have a friend who says that Satan is actually very religious, because he believes in God and angels and all that, and is even a supporter of some religions. Where did my friend get this idea? I thought everything the devil did was evil. — Mrs. J. McR.
A: Your friend is partly right; Satan certainly does believe in God — that is, he believes God exists, and he even knows that He is powerful. But the devil believes in God the way we might believe in one of our nation's enemies: we know he definitely exists, but he's still our enemy. The Bible says, "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder" (James 2:19).
Yes, everything the devil does is evil, but he also is a master of deception, and sometimes he's behind things that even appear to be good. Remember, Satan's one, all-consuming goal is to turn us away from God, and if he can do this by causing us to follow a false philosophy or mistaken religion or deceptive cult, he will gladly do it. The Bible warns that sometimes "Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Satan is powerful, and he will do everything he can to exploit our weaknesses and blind us to God's truth. This is one reason why we need to know God's truth as He has revealed it to us in the Bible, and walk closely to Him every day in prayer and fellowship with other believers.
But listen: Satan is also a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection, Christ defeated the powers of death and Hell and Satan, and someday His victory will be complete, when He comes again. Is Christ the foundation of your life?
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