Rev. Colangelo

Strength of a mother’s love

Published May 12, 2018 at 4:00pm

As tomorrow is Mothers Day, it would be most appropriate for us to consider “A Mother’s Love.” A mother’s love for her child is one of the strongest kinds of love that the world has ever known. Some mothers have gone to very great lengths for the sake of their little ones.

In the Bible we see manifestations of a mother’s love. One example is Jochebed the mother of Moses. According to Exodus 2:2-9 she loved her baby so much that she defied the Egyptian king’s order and kept Moses alive for 3 months.

When she could no longer hide him at home, she made a special waterproof basket and put Moses in it. Then she placed it in the river Nile and instructed her daughter to watch what happened to it, trusting that God would somehow preserve the life of her son. Her faith was rewarded, for Moses was found by the Egyptian princess and raised up to become the deliverer and lawgiver of Israel.

The Bible is full of examples of a mother’s love. Read 1 Samuel 2:19. This example is of a mother’s love and persistence.

A mother’s love is truly great. And it is manifested in many different ways: Protecting her children from danger, nursing them when they are sick, and providing for their welfare, comfort and development.  

I still remember how my own mother loved me when I was a child. She seemed to have a remedy for every ailment in life. When I had a cold, she would rub Vicks ointment on my chest. When I had a sore throat, she would brew cooling drinks like barley water or black tea.

But more than the physical care that I received from her, I cherish the spiritual care and nurture she gave to me. My mother came to know the Lord Jesus as her personal Saviour when she was very young.

So let me say this to you who are Christian mothers: You play an extremely important role in your child’s life.

Theodore Roosevelt, one of America’s greatest Presidents, said, “it is the mother, and the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his country. The successful mother, the mother who does her part in rearing and training aright the boys and girls who are to be the men and women of the next generation, is of greater use to the community, and occupies, if she would only realize it, a more honorable as well as a more important position than any man in it. The mother is the one supreme asset of the national life. She is more important, by far, than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.”

What President Roosevelt said here is true of all mothers. But you who are Christian mothers have an added responsibility that makes your role even more important than this. Your role is not only to care for the physical, intellectual and emotional well-being of your child. 

You are also to give top priority to the spiritual well-being of your child. And this Sunday morning please consider three ways in which a Christian mother should love her children. The first way is:

I. By Setting a Christian example for them. Christian mothers have the important role of setting a good example for their children to follow. Mothers, when your children look at you, what do they see? What do they think about your character? Whatever qualities or characteristics you want you see in your child’s life, be sure first of all that you show it in your own life.

If you want your child to grow up to be honest and responsible, then you must be honest and responsible. If you want your child to grow to be faithful and obedient to God, then you must be faithful and obedient to God. The example of your life is the most important tool you have for shaping and molding the character of your child. Doing this takes much time and patience.

Let me say however, that the Scriptures do not speak against mothers going to work. In fact Proverbs 31:16-18 praises the virtuous mother who buys a field, plants a vineyard, and works hard to sell her wares to merchants. But she knows her limits and never allows her work outside the home to make her neglect her responsibilities at home. As verse 27 says, ‘She looketh well to the ways of her household.’ And because of this her children rise up and call her blessed (v.28).

II. By Giving them a Christian Education: Christian mothers usually make the best spiritual guides and instructors for their children

III. Praying for Them Earnestly: The power of a mother’s prayer can be seen in Matthew 15:21-28.

Mothers, do you know that the greatest impact you can ever have on the life of your children is through your prayers for them? Pray for them earnestly and regularly. Pray that God will work in their heart and cause them to realize their need for Christ to be their Saviour and Lord early in their life. Pray that God will guide them, protect them, prosper them, and make them useful citizens of God’s kingdom.

Ask God for wisdom to raise them up to become a God-fearing person who will love the Lord and do His will.

Mother’s — I want to wish you all a very blessed Mother’s Day. May God bless and keep you always and thank you for being a mother.