Luke 1:46-48 And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me BLESSED,
First of all, what does it mean to HONOR someone? HONOR can be defined as: personal integrity; allegiance to moral principles; GREAT RESPECT, ESTEEM; a woman’s chastity; out of respect; to hold in respect: TO CONFER A DISTINCTION UPON etc.
Hence…that said. Is it right for the believer to hold Mary, the mother of Jesus in esteem? If yes. Why do you think we should? If not. Why do you disagree? I would love to hear your thoughts on this one! As for me, I personally hold Mary in great esteem and these are my reasons:
FOR HER OBEDIENCE
Luke 1:38 ‘I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
FOR HER HUMILITY
Luke 1: 47-48 ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the HUMBLE STATE of his servant.
FOR HER FAITHFULNESS
Luke 2:22 When the time of purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.
FOR HER LISTENING HEART
Luke 2: 34-35 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many will be revealed. AND A SWORD WILL PIERCE YOUR OWN SOUL TOO.”
FOR HER MOTHERLY LOVE
Luke 2:49-51 ‘Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. BUT HIS MOTHER TREASURED ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART.
FOR HER SERVANT SPIRIT
John 2:4-5 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
FOR STANDING BY HER SON
John 19:25 Near the cross of Jesus, STOOD HIS MOTHER, his mother’s sister Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene.
FOR HER FAITH IN HIM AS HER SAVIOUR
Acts 1:13-14 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Phillip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zeolot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together CONSTANTLY IN PRAYER, along with the women and MARY, the mother of JESUS, and with his brothers.
Do you still have doubts about honoring Mary for all the right reasons? Honoring Mary should not be borne out of religiousness but rather by knowing the truth which always sets one free!
You are loved and blessed!