Happy Mother’s Day! May you receive God’s love & enjoy the blessings of being a mother!
Paul used a mother’s love to describe his love for people in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, “We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”
That’s a good model to follow. Be gentle. Care for others. Be willing to give our lives to serve them. Treasure people. A mother puts the interests of her family above herself.
I wish that every believer possesses this kind of unselfish and caring nature. We live in a competitive, self-centered world that desperately needs sacrificial love. When we love people genuinely and care for them unreservedly, we become more like Christ.
This is part of Christian discipleship. “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 2:4-5
As you go through daily life, look out for opportunities to serve & bless people, starting with your family members. Be gentle & loving in your speech and action. Learn to love them for who they are, not what they can do for you.
As you sow love & concern, you will also reap love for yourself. I know that May & June are the holiday months. Use these times to practice being “other-centered”. Life is better when we love people around us!
- Bob Lum