Happy Mother’s Day

The significance of motherhood cannot be understated.  The universal appeal of the attributes of a mother are so well understood that the Apostle Paul could use it as an example of how we should treat others:

1 Thessalonians 2:3-8 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, (4) but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. (5) For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed–God is witness. (6) Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. (7) But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. (8) So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

The apostles were not:  in error, impure, deceptive or man-pleasers.  They did not use flattery for greedy gain.  They were not glory seekers.

They were like a mother:  glorifying God, gentle, affectionate, sharing and selfless out of love.

Mother’s day is a day to celebrate this type of love.  This universal self sacrificing love displayed by a mother that is only surpassed by the love of Christ for his church.

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