Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Curious Command?

Why are older women commanded by God to teach the younger women to love their children?  One would think that all mothers love their children...
I believe it is because the love that encompasses all of child rearing doesn't come naturally to most mothers.  Disciplining your children is loving them.  Disciplining them doesn't come naturally to most mothers.  They want their children to be happy and they know disciplining them doesn't make them happy.
It is hard to discipline your children, especially spank them on the rare occasions they may need it but it is so important  to raise children to respect authority and be self-disciplined.  By disciplining your children, you are loving them.
I also believe mothers need to be with their children most of the time.  This is why I am commanded to teach young women to be keepers at home.  Children need someone around consistently to discipline them, teach them the ways of God, model a joyful spirit, etc.  All of this takes a ton of time and mothers are the best person to do this in a child's life.  Children want to be with their mothers.

Mothers also need to be taught to love their husbands, even after the children are raised.   This is the greatest gift they give to their children.  It gives children a sense of security.  Parents who love and enjoy each other make a happy home.
Mothers also need to feed their children healthy and take good care of their bodily needs.  This takes a lot of time.  Shopping for and preparing nutritious food is time consuming but so important.
They also need to keep a close watch on what their children are listening to and consuming visually.  They need to be on constant guard to protect them from evil.  This takes a mother who is around often, watching and listening carefully to their children. 
So loving your children doesn't just mean giving them a lot of hugs and kisses.  It means so much more than that and most young mothers need an older woman teaching them exactly how to truly love their children.
That they may teach the young women to be sober,
to love their husbands, to love their children.
Titus 2:4