A Mother’s Love

May 10, 2020

Although the apostle Paul said to the church in Corinth, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the Godof all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:2-4); the Lord promised Isaiah, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”  (Isaiah 66:13).  Yes, not as a father, but as a mother.  For there is no other comfort on earth quite like that of our mother, whose love for us exceeds that of anyone else, except for that of God himself. 

It is within her own body that a mother feels the very beginning of a new life, nurturing it with every ounce of her being until that precious life can survive outside the sanctuary of her womb.  Then she experiences both ends of the spectrum of childbirth – the intense pain as well as the incomparable joy of seeing her baby and holding it in her arms for the first time.  That cord that once joined them physically is never broken emotionally. 

Mothers struggle with every phase of letting go.  From the first time their child steps on the school bus, until they go away to college or move out of the house, the cord stretches, but never breaks.  Even if their child rejects them as they grow older, if sadly their love is not returned; even if he or she chooses a path that is harmful or even criminal - no matter what - a mother’s love doesn’t lessen.  And, God forbid, even if her child dies, a mother’s love never dies.  It is forever. 

Now multiply that love times infinity, and that is how God loves us.  His love is simply beyond human comprehension.  Each of us was envisioned within the mind the God before time began, lovingly written in His Book of Life at the dawn of the universe, and formed in His image.  There is no human being that has ever lived, is currently alive, or will be conceived in the future, that God does not love.  There is no one that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, would not have been willing to die for, in order to give them the salvation that ensures their eternity with Him in the glories of heaven.  He even forgave the ones that drove the nails into his precious hands and feet.

Now imagine those who reject him.  Those who either refuse to believe He even exists all the way to those who absolutely hate him with a passion.   Does he stop loving them?  No.  Like a mother, whose child runs away from home, he searches for them and reaches out to them non-stop.  His heart cries out until he finds them and they allow him to safely bring them back from all that would harm and destroy them.  (Matthews 18:12-14).  Any mother that has ever lost a child, whether it be to death, to drugs, to crime,  to an abusive spouse, to debilitating disease, or any other myriad of evils, knows the agony our Lord feels when one of us loses their way and departs from the God that loves them infinitely.  The heart of Almighty God, the creator of the universe and all that is in it, has a heart that is even larger than that universe, and cries tears that could fill an ocean a thousand times over when one of his children chooses to spend an eternity in hell rather than come home.

Yes, just as our mothers allow us to choose our own path when we become an adult, even if it causes them great pain to do so should we not choose wisely, our Lord gives us the freedom to choose as well.  He will do all that He can to guide us throughout our lives toward making the right decisions, and to lead us down the road that will fulfill the future He so desperately wants to give us, both here and throughout eternity.  But it is still up to us to either listen and follow, or to deliberately choose to ignore Him and go our own way and suffer the consequences of our actions. 

So maybe you haven’t always listened to your mother.  And maybe you haven’t always listened to God.  Maybe your mother is no longer alive, and you wish you could undo some of the hurt you have caused her.  Just know that if she was still among us, she would forgive you.  And more importantly, know that God, who IS still among us, will also forgive you, no matter what you have ever done, said, or even thought.  For He wants nothing more than to restore your relationship with Him, for He dearly loves you more than you can possibly imagine. 

The words to a well-known, beautiful hymn are beckoning you… “Oh! For the wonderful love He has promised, promised for you and for me. Though we have sinned He has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me.  Come home, come home, you who are weary come home.  Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner come home!”  (Will L. Thompson).  I pray you come home today.  Amen.


"A Mother's Love"  (Jim Brickman)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-Z9sXqr44s

"A Mother's Prayer"  (Celine Dion)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYGnB28fdDo