“As apostles of Christ we
could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother
caring for her little children” (1 Thessalonians
A mother’s love reflects the
love of the Lord, deep in its capacity and generous in its application. She
awakens in the middle of the night to nurse a hungry infant or care for a sick
child. Her intuition injects love at points of pain and in situations that
require extensive encouragement. A mother’s love lingers long in conversation
and understands with her sensitive heart. She loves, because Christ’s love
compels her to love like Him.
Moreover, a mother’s love is loyal and
longstanding. A child may be in trouble, but Mom is always close by, full of
compassion and acceptance. Her love can be blind in its loyalty, but her
offspring never doubts where they are welcome. Jesus was rejected by angry,
jealous men and abandoned by His closest friends, but His mother was waiting
with Him to the bitter end, “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother…” (John
A mother’s love even
has the capacity to be a mother to those who are not biologically her own.
Amazingly, she can informally “adopt” people for a season and love them
emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally. She opens her home,
shares her food, gives her time, dispenses her wisdom, and encourages obedience
to follow Christ. Paul experienced this. “Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and
his mother, who has been a mother to me, too” (Romans 16:13). Moms sometime
mother greatness not their own.
Lastly, a mother’s love is gentle, the
way God is gentle toward His children. He calls us to love and to lead like
Jesus. Love serves people and does not rule with rigor. “God's servant must not
be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working
firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey” (2 Timothy 2:24, TM).
Prayer: Do I model gentle
and patient love? Do others feel safe to share their sorrows with