May 3, 2011

A Mother’s Love

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 3, 2011

“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 doubt that they are welcomed. 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 on 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).

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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  1. CINDY JESSUP says:

    I read this and its so true with my daughter and I. Not so much with my mother and I. Used to long for a relationship but she has damaged it too much and do not feel the need to have it anymore. Finding this sad and hard to accept, I turn to God for my belonging and acceptance. Thanking him more and more of and for the love for my own daughter. Watching my daughter and my grandaughter, give me more joy everyday. I delight in watching the eyes of my grandaughter light up as she looks at her mother, my daughter. Thank you for reminding me of what I do have!

  2. Phyllis says:

    The day before I got the daily devotion for “A Mothers Love”, I was having issues with my oldest daughter she has graves decease and is not taking her medication correctly and long story short she is delussional about some things. I did not go to church that day and stayed on the phone with her reading scripture and praying for her for hours. I was a little worried that God was not to happy with me for not going to church, but I got this devotion the next day and I was so happy to know God understands a mothers love for her children and I am appreciative to you at Wisdom Hunters for your very inspirational messages. Thank God for your ministry. Keep up the great work!

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