Summary: As we honor Mother’s today, the one thing that stands out to me as the most divine attribute that God bestowed in women is that of a mother’s love. A mother’s love is nurturing, comforting, sacrificial, and unending.
A Mother’s Love
Proverbs 23:25 “Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.”
Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”
Three sons, who were very successful, discussed the gifts they gave their elderly mother on Mother's day.
The first said, "I built a big house for our mother."
The second said," I sent her a Mercedes."
The third said, "I've got you, both beat. You know how Mom enjoys the Bible, and you know she can't see very well. I sent her a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took 20 monks in a monastery 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000.00 a year for 10 years, but it was worth it. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it."
Soon thereafter, Mom mailed her letters of thanks:
She wrote the first son, "Michael, the house you built is too large. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house."
She wrote the second son, "Marvin, I'm nearly blind so I can't drive. I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes."
"Dearest Melvin," she wrote to her third son, "You were the only son to have the good sense to know what your mother likes. That chicken was delicious!"
Introduction: When God made Adam and Eve the Bible tells us that He made them both in His image. As we honor Mother’s today, the one thing that stands out to me as the most divine attribute that God bestowed in women is that of a mother’s love. A mother’s love is nurturing, comforting, sacrificial, and unending.
I. A mother’s love is nurturing
A. The natural nurturing of a mother contributes to the healthy growth of a baby
B. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
C. The Arabic image is of a mother preparing date jam which is gently rubbed on the gums of a newborn baby, there by enhancing the infant's appetite for and ability to digest succulent condiments. - Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament, vol. 6
D. There is the saying that the hand that rocks the cradle has the power to change the world.
E. Proverbs 14:1 “Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.”
F. The Nurturing of a Mother Lasts a Lifetime.
G. Ezekiel 16:44 “As is the mother, so is her daughter.”
H. “To the precise degree that we care for and have faith in children, they will extend and spread their roots. And it is this that will give them the strength to survive and make their way successfully through life.” – Daisaku Ikeda
I. 2 Timothy 1:5 “I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”
J. 2 Timothy 3:14-15 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
K. I cannot tell how much I owe to the prayers of my good mother. I remember her once praying, "Now Lord, if my children go on in sin it will not be from ignorance that they perish, and my soul must bear swift witness against them at the day of judgment if they lay not hold on Christ and claim Him as their personal Savior." - Charles Spurgeon.
II. A mother’s love is comforting
A. God could find no better comparison to convey His love for His people then the comforting love of mother.
B. Isaiah 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
C. Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”
D. Comfort involves compassion, encouragement and sympathy.
E. A mother comforts her infant child when it has fallen and hurt itself by takes it up in her arms, drawing it tight to her bosom, and speaking quietly comfortably and encouragingly to it. This tender touch from its mother is an affirmation of her presence assuring it that the child is loved and secure.