May 12, 2012

A Mother’s Love

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 12, 2012

“As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children” (1 Thessalonians 2:6b-7).

A mother’s love reflects the love of the Lord, deep in its capacity and generous in its application. She awakens in the middle of the night to nurse a hungry infant or care for a sick child. Her intuition injects love at points of pain and in situations that require extensive encouragement. A mother’s love lingers long in conversation and understands with her sensitive heart. She loves, because Christ’s love compels her to love like Him.

Moreover, a mother’s love is loyal and longstanding. A child may be in trouble, but Mom is always close by, full of compassion and acceptance. Her love can be blind in its loyalty, but her offspring never doubts where they are welcome. Jesus was rejected by angry, jealous men and abandoned by His closest friends, but His mother was waiting with Him to the bitter end, “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother…” (John 19:25a).

A mother’s love even has the capacity to be a mother to those who are not biologically her own. Amazingly, she can informally “adopt” people for a season and love them emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally. She opens her home, shares her food, gives her time, dispenses her wisdom, and encourages obedience to follow Christ. Paul experienced this. “Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too” (Romans 16:13). Moms sometime mother greatness not their own.

Lastly, a mother’s love is gentle, the way God is gentle toward His children. He calls us to love and to lead like Jesus. Love serves people and does not rule with rigor. “God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey” (2 Timothy 2:24, TM).

Prayer: Do I model gentle and patient love? Do others feel safe to share their sorrows with me?

Related Readings: Genesis 47:12; Ruth 4:16; John 21:15-17; James 3:17

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Taken from Reading #13 in the NEW 30-day devotional book, “Wisdom for Mothers”… is dedicated to Applying Unchanging Truth to a Changing World. 


  1. Kayron Stevens says:

    Hi Boyd, A voice from the past. I am so proud of you and this ministry to men. My son Craig and Brad are on your list and forward it to me. I am in Savannah now and have a Bible Study to homeless women and one to unwed mothers at a place called the Vine and the Baptist Center. You taught me so much and I will be forever grateful. Neill is not in good health and yet unsaved but I still pray. Tell Rita hello and the girls. Love to hear from you.

    Your fellow Servant in Christ
    Kayron Stevens

    1. Boyd says:

      Kayron great to hear from you, we are well, with almost three grandchildren now. I am recovering
      from a less invasive prostate cancer treatment, and seem to be cancer free. Glad your boys are well and
      praying for Neil. Enjoy your Mother’s Day, you are a great mom!



  2. Joanna Beers via Facebook says:

    Loved this devotional. I want to be a super mom everyday.! Thank you for encourage mothers. I just want to know that I’m doing my part right raising and protecting what God has giving me. Thank you for reassuring this to me today.

  3. Sherry Giuliano via Facebook says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers out there.

  4. livvie Ostergaard says:

    This is right on!It reminded me somewhat of Prov. 31:30, where it speaks of “a woman who fears the Lord, will be praised.” My mother has been gone 20 years, this September. The one thing she told me the last time i saw her was, “Trust in the Lord.” I’ve never forgotten this. So, at dinner, on “Mothers’ Day,” i told this to our 15-year-old son.
    “Yes, Mom.” he glibly replied.
    I am constantly learning to do this, as we are in financial straights. What a wonderful reminder of how vital mothers are in our lives. I still miss mine.

  5. livvie Ostergaard says:

    This is right on! My mother has been gone 20 years this September. The one thing she told me the last time I saw her alive, was “Trust in the Lord.” i’ve never forgotten this. I told this to our teenage son at dinner, on “Mothers’ Day.” All he ould say, was, “Yes, Mom. i know.”
    As we are dealing with the uncertain economy, i’m constantly reminded of her wisdom. He alone is our Provider.

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