According to Webster’s Dictionary, a mother is someone who has given birth to a child. But she may also be a stepmother, an adoptive mother, a mother-in-law, a woman who has the responsibility or authority of a mother or, for example, an elderly woman who is called mother as a title of respect.
Children are to obey and honor their mothers because it is pleasing to the Lord (Eph. 6:1-3 and Col. 3:20.) Husbands have the responsibility to love their wives with the agape love. Loving her God’s way creates a healthy and beneficial atmosphere for the children. Husbands are also to love their wives as God loves the church, and they need to be mindful of the way they display their love in front of the children.