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There is no academy that teaches women how to become great mothers because it is a deep calling which involves having compassion, unconditional love and being extraordinarily at hand.

“A mother’s role is a never-ending task. You give birth to your children and hold the scars forever. You give life to your young ones, nurture, care, and love them even as they grow older. It is a huge sacrifice yet also a beautiful blessing to be a mother.”

Pastor Eric Appah Marfo of the Resurrection Power and Living Bread Ministries International, Cape Coast branch, said these words on Sunday during his sermon on the theme: “The Essence of Motherhood” to observe the Mothers Day celebration.

He quoted Ephesians 6:2-3, Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16 and Matthew 15:4 and urged all Ghanaians to honour their mothers irrespective of their condition.

It is very sad that most of you like to compare your mothers to other people. You wish they were rich, beautiful, educated and influential like some of the mothers you see around. This is very wrong!

How would you feel if your mother compared you with other children around and expected you to be like them? You would surely feel bad and worthless. This is how you make your mothers feel when you compare them to others.

No matter how your mother looks like, she is still God’s greatest gift to you. Some mothers get deformed at childbirth and continue to make huge sacrifices which their children have no idea about. If God gave you a particular mother, then He knows best. Cherish that mother and honour her if you want to live long on earth. Honouring your mother is your ticket to greatness and open doors in life. Never forget that, he said.

Pastor Marfo said honoring mothers involved four key actions, the first being to appreciate them.
He said appreciating them meant being thankful for all they do, and that appreciation could be shown by valuing their guidance, thus, he encouraged them to view their parents as their glory and be proud of them.
Accepting their authority, Pastor Marfo said was another way to honour mothers.

While you are young, you honor your mother when you recognize the authority God has given her. Colossians 3:20 tells young ones: Be obedient to your parents in everything, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. In Luke 2:51 even young Jesus willingly obeyed his parents, he added.

He entreated the congregation to treat mothers with utmost respect, adding that showing respect involved what they said and the manner in which they said it.

Pastor Marfo said even though some mothers at times acted in ways that made it difficult to respect them, children could still honor them by avoiding disrespectful speech and actions.

“The Bible teaches that speaking abusively of one’s parent is a serious offense, he added.

He mentioned that the fourth key to honouring mothers was to provide for them, emphasizing that when mothers get old, they may still need practical support.

“You can honor them by trying your best to make sure that they have what they need. For instance, in John 19:25-27, shortly before Jesus died, He arranged for the care of his mother, he added.

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