12 Qualities of a Christian Mother

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Question: what makes a Christian mother distinctive from other mothers? Answer: salt.

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). A Christian mother isn’t necessarily better than other mothers; but rather she has special seasoning due to the presence of the Holy Spirit. The believing mother has a wealth of resources available to train, discipline, and love her children in the grace of God.

Does your presence as a mother bring a delightful taste to those around you?

The following 12 qualities are just a tip of the virtues provided by God through Jesus Christ to equip and encourage mothers:

Quality #1) Possesses a Keen Sense of Discernment

The discerning heart seeks knowledge” (Proverbs 15:14).

A good Christian mother stays intimately connected with God so that she will keep a discerning heart. She’s willing to grow in knowledge through the reading of God’s word and absorbing truth from mature godly mothers. God grants her discernment in the lives of her children so that they may be specifically well-trained in righteousness.

Quality #2) Persists in Prayer at all Times

“…they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1).

A believing mom never gives up on her children especially her prodigal(s). People will write off a difficult, rebellious child—but not a praying mother. She will plead the grace and mercy of God over their lives as long as there’s breath in her body. This mother is compelled and encouraged by the Holy Spirit to keeping praying no matter what.

Quality #3) Demonstrates Unconditional Love

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

A mother who loves God with all her heart isn’t afraid to unconditionally love her children. She recognizes that her patience will be tried by disobedience, but it will never cause her love to regress in anger. Her love spurs confidence in her offspring since they never worry about loss of love due to bad behavior.

Quality #4) Cultivates a Joyful Environment

In Your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11, NKJV).

Those who enter into the home of a godly mother sense the presence of joy. Her deep rooted joy sustains her through the difficulties of living in an ungodly world. She has mastered the ability to encourage her children toward joy in every situation.

Quality #5) Exhibits Steadfastness in the Word of God

All who follow His precepts have good understanding” (Psalm 111:10).

She meditates on the Holy Scriptures regularly ...

She meditates on the Holy Scriptures regularly …

The Christian mother actively engages the Word of God for every problem in the home. She meditates on the Holy Scriptures regularly as well as speaking and teaching them to her children. Her family witnesses her diligence and learns from her example to apply God’s teachings to their everyday lives.

Quality #6) Forgives the Offenses of Others Willingly

 “If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven” (John 20:23).

Offenses will come from within and outside of her home, yet the godly mother won’t hold forgiveness hostage until she feels better. Rather she chooses to forgive immediately and trusts the Holy Spirit to heal her hurts. Her family recognizes this principle in her and practices forgiving others as a way of life.

Quality #7) Embraces a Spirit of Contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

A godly mother resists the urge be discontented with her surroundings, children, or husband. She recognizes that the chasing of worldliness and riches will never bring her peace. Instead she trusts in the Lord to provide all her needs and grant her desires according to His will.

Quality #8) Trusts in God

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).

Her trust in God is most evident during the difficult seasons of her life. The Christian mother is tempted like other believers to doubt the Lord’s hand over her life; yet she remains steadfast in His ability to take care of her and her family’s needs. She establishes a trust relationship with God that grows every day.

Quality #9) Keeps the Faith

A faithful person will be richly blessed” (Proverbs 28:20).

Her faith will most certainly be tested in her roles of wife and mother. A godly mother will accept the trying of her faith so she can grow in perseverance. She demonstrates her faithfulness as she continues to mature in her relationship with God and others.

Quality #10) Brings Order to Chaos

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27).

The Christian mother is marked for her diligence and resistance to laziness or slothfulness. Her chief concern isn’t the perfect home, but rather a healthy home full of love, laughter, and order. She keeps her home free not only from physical clutter but watches for the spiritual and emotional clutter of worldliness.

Quality #11) Holds to what is Right

The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43).

As a godly mother she makes the tough decisions that run against the torrent of societal corruption of children and youth. She sticks to what is right in the eyes of God for her children’s spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. A Christian mother expects resistance and refuses to comprise righteousness for acceptance.

Quality #12) Willing to Release her Children to God

Hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5, NKJV).

While the Christian mother holds her children tightly around her heart, she releases them to grow in Christ at their own pace. She’s entrusted her prayers to God to protect and lead them in the direction of His will. Her influence and persuasion centers around the Lord’s will more than her personal preference for their future.

There is no such thing as the perfect mother, but the Christian mother continues to be perfected by the grace of God. She is invaluable to the kingdom of Christ due to her influence on the next generation. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, every godly mother is flavorful blessing to her children and children’s children.

Have you read this related article:

11 Qualities of a Christian Father

Resource – New International Version Bible, The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblca, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Keara May 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

This was a great encourgment to me. Being a single mom sometimes I need something to get my rear in gear for the Lord. I copied it and now its in my Bible.


Crystal McDowell June 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Awesome Keara! Your children are blessed to have you as a mom.

God bless,


Kris June 16, 2013 at 3:18 am

Guess what I shared here was too long or deemed useless …Sorry …I enjoyed what you shared and will enjoy continuing to read what you share.


Barbara June 23, 2013 at 7:14 am

Thank you so much


Vivian France'z June 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Hello Crystal am Vivian from Nigeria,read lots of your articles love them and will like to read more.God bless you & your family.


Crystal McDowell July 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thanks so much Vivian! I pray God’s blessing over your life today.

Love in Christ,


Vivian France'z June 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Hope i will be geting this via my email.


Nma Okereke July 24, 2013 at 5:04 am

Hi, Crystal. I love your spiritual work and will want to be getting more of them through my Gmail address. Expecting a favourable responce soon. Thanks.


Crystal McDowell July 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I appreciate your kind words and pray that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you today.

Love in Christ,


Beverly Griffin May 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm

We are putting together a Mom’s cookbook to be given to our Mom’s on Mother’s Day. Are the quotes you have on your site ok to include in the cookbook. Also, the qualities of a good mother is something else I would like to use if is possible.
Thanks for your help.


Josh Wiley May 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Hi Beverly,

Feel free to use any of our article in your cookbook. God Bless!

Josh Wiley, Owner of WCWTK


Nizy Jose July 29, 2015 at 4:06 am

Dear Crystal,

I love your article of 12 Qualities of a Christian Mother. Being a mom this article will be very useful. May God bless you more & more. I found a small correction, you have mentioned Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Luke 5:13).But it is Mathew 5:13. (if am not wrong) Pls check it.

Thank you so much


Lisa white August 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I saw this too.
You are correct. It’s Matthew, not Luke.
I found inspiration in this article, as elsewhere, but no matter how inspired, I always follow the rule “check the book (bible)”
That is where you will always find the truth.


Linda May 5, 2020 at 2:07 pm

I also found this error. I find it is always refer to scriptures given by authors and errors are made. That is why we are to instructed to study the scriptures also. The article was informative and shared will be shared with all women at out church. Thank you.


Jack Wellman May 5, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Hello Linda and Lisa. Thank you for your pointing out our error. We have corrected it to read as Matthew being the source. We appreciate your help.


analia July 8, 2016 at 9:50 pm

i have been told that a mother’s love is unconditional. well what if thr child is doing someting wrong? should she defend the child behaviour?


Renée October 18, 2016 at 4:43 am

Hi analia, when I read your comment The first scripture that came to mind is Rev 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten,: be zealous therefore, and repent. I know this isn’t speaking directly to mothers but what I understand from this is that as a mother we don’t agree with a wrong behaviour but correcting and discipline are part of love.
God bless you.


Suzana November 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm

A beautiful piece that provides joy and deep gratitude living in the way of the lord. May I as a mother abide in these principles to lead my family into living in Gods will and embracing hos spirit everyway everywhere


Martina Adebayo March 12, 2019 at 3:44 am

Thank you am bless with this


Oyeyemi May 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm

I love your mes more grace


Manie du Preez May 12, 2019 at 2:26 am

I enjoy the 12 qualities of a Christen mother.
How ever can we make a correction
The text Luk5:13 is incorrect and should be Matt 5:13

 Luk 5:13  And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 




Theresia May 13, 2019 at 6:49 am

This is enriching, thanks much and more revelational knowledge


CAROLINE AFOLAYAN October 23, 2019 at 4:43 pm

May the Lord empower you and strengthens you more


DAMILOLA MATHEW July 18, 2019 at 7:12 am

I will like to have article on Godly mother in my e-mail. Love your article


Kayode Temitope September 26, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Am really blessed by the twelve qualities of a Christian mother. More grace for you.


dorothypayetee January 6, 2020 at 8:01 am

God blessed you for that word that God spoke to you in wisdom to put it as a reminded to all mothers who believed the word of God and working with it as a tools in their lives.Am asking you if you can please send it in by box ?


Jack Wellman January 6, 2020 at 8:53 am

We do not have funds to send these out to our readers Dorothy. I am sorry.


Jack Wellman January 6, 2020 at 8:54 am

We have no funds to end these out in the mail to our readers Dorothy. I am sorry for that.


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