Compassion For Mother-in-laws… “When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on Him.” Matthew 8:14-15.
It is out of an attitude of compassion that you are able to illustrate to your mother-in-law the love of Jesus. If you resist her interest in your family, reject her suggestions, or deny her access to your home, you dishonor her in the process. Yes, we all have our quirks, but the Lord works these with out levity, love and longsuffering. Compassion compensates.
As the leader of your home, make sure you are reaching out to your mother-in-law on a regular basis. Perhaps you invite her over for her grandchildren’s birthday, school events or sporting activities. How are you intentionally engaging your in-laws, so they are able to do life with your little ones? It is out of a multi-generational community your offspring gain perspective from their grandparents. Honor them as a model for your children, who one day will honor their in-laws. Ruth lived this out in uncomfortable circumstances.
“Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before” (Ruth 2:11).
You may be concerned that your mother-in-law does not know the Lord. This is a fair fear, but what an opportunity for you to be a righteous representative of your Savior. When she sees Jesus in your attitude and actions, she will be drawn by the Holy Spirit to know Him as you know Him. A fractured family is an opportunity for faith to flourish.
Therefore, help facilitate faith and healing in your family dynamics by keeping Christ at the center. Ask how you can serve your mother-in-law in ways she wants to be served. Do you invite her on family outings, extended trips or over the weekend to stay with your children? Pray your mother-in-law becomes like your mother and you like her child.
“Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too” (Romans 16:13).
How can I best show compassion to my mother-in-law with my attitude and actions?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
September 16, 2021
“Comfort is the infusion of eternal perspective into our momentary trials.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 16, 2021 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so [...]
September 15, 2021
“When we disagree with someone, we can still respect them.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 15, 2021 So no matter what your task is, work hard. Always do your best as the Lord’s servant, not as man’s, because you know your reward is the Lord’s inheritance. You serve the Lord. Colossians [...]
September 14, 2021
“Emotions are like children. It’s OK to let them ride in the car with you, but do not let them drive.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 14, 2021 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to [...]