I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV)
Mothers, like God, willingly give grace to their children. God gives us grace even though we didn’t earn it or deserve it. Mothers give grace to their children through unconditional love. What are some ways that mothers demonstrate this kind of grace?
Birth – even though the mother goes through 40 weeks, sometimes difficult weeks of carrying the child, then going through the pain of delivery, most mothers will tell you that once the child is born, all pain is forgotten the minute the mother holds the child for the first time, and the mother is full of love and compassion for this child. Common sense tells us that mom should be angry for causing so much pain, but just the opposite is true. The baby receives unconditional love.
Toddler years – as children progress from babies to toddlers, mom still demonstrates unconditional love for their child. She feeds the child, clothes the child, changes diapers, has sleepless nights, frustrating days and deals with the child’s temper tantrums and emotional highs and lows. But each night as the child lays sleeping, she checks on the child, looks on with love and compassion, all the previous things from that day are forgotten, and she is filled with love for her child.
Pre-teen years – As children start learning to read, write, and discover their senses, mom continues to help them with this education. She works with her children to teach them these things, to correct the child when wrong, but to give hugs, high fives and kisses when things are done right. She gives positive reinforcement as well as constructive feedback to get the child on the right track. What causes her to do this? Grace, unconditional love, motherly instinct from God.
Teen years – It gets tougher through each stage. Teen years are troubling for the child and mother. Growing pains, both physically and emotionally are hard on the children, but hard on mom too. They wish they could take away the pain, hurting, the loss of friends, the disappointments. Mom’s also deal with teens that suddenly can become disrespectful, rude, mouthy, disobedient and defiant. Yes, mom will sternly correct you, but at the end of the day, she still loves you and shows her love through compassionate discipline.
Adulthood and beyond – We all become prodigal sons and daughters of God, but also of our moms. We hurt our moms at times with choices we make. Some of us go down wrong paths, damage ourselves, turn from God and can lead sinful lives. Our moms will stand by us during those prodigal years. They will continue to love us, pray for us, provide for us and wait for that moment that “Amazing Grace” catches us off guard. Then, when they get to see you in the distance coming back, whether spiritually or physically, they are like the Father in the parable of the prodigal son, they run to you with open arms and again demonstrate that characteristic of God – unconditional love and grace.
Father God, thank you for our mothers. May this day, each and everyone of us will show our thanks to God and our mother’s by just telling them, I love you. In Jesus name!