Mother's Day is upon us. A time to reflect, honor and bless the Mother's in our life. We have Grandmothers, Mother In Law's, Aunts who are mother like, and of course our own Mother. Washington Irving said of Mothers, “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
Most women, when they become a Mom, want to know how to be a good one. Whether or not they've had good examples, the desire to be the best is deep within the heart. In their quest their Love speaks volumes. Throughout the Bible there are listed different women that have ideal characteristics for Mothers. Let's look at a few.
1) Mary the Mother of Jesus was a woman of great faith even in her youth. When the angel Gabriel came to Mary he said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” (Luke 1:28) Mary was very submitted to God, willing to accept His call at any cost. She demonstrated great strength and perseverance during her pregnancy and Christ's death. She followed and supported Him all the days of His life. Mother's today can learn from Mary's example of trusting the Lord with all their heart, and not leaning to their own understanding, but knowing He'll make and guide the path when trusting and obeying. Her faith in God even in sorrowful times proved God always provides.
2) Jochebed, the Mother of Moses was a woman willing to give up her child so his life would be spared. By trusting God, He made a way for her to be a nurse to her own child. She was able to teach him and set a foundation of belief in Almighty God enabling him to become a servant to help deliver Israel. Her example of faith and trust can help us realize God's plan is bigger than what we can think or see. Believing that He'll make a way even when there doesn't seem to be one, makes possible the supernatural.
3) Hannah the Mother of Samuel the prophet, is a woman who, regardless of the taunts of others, remained steadfast in prayer trusting God for a child. Although she was ridiculed and mocked, she pursued God with all her heart to become a mother. God answered her prayer giving her Samuel, which she gave back to the Lord to serve Him. Hannah's example teaches us dedication and commitment in prayer. Her devotion to honor God with her child, opened the windows of heaven and receive a blessing of five more children. Intentional fervent prayer of a righteous man will avail much.
Mothers impart many things into our lives. Her fortitude and tenacity enables us to be a strong and unshakable. As she exemplifies love and a tenderness, it empowers us to look past mistakes and be quick to forgive. Her faithfulness in service to the Lord in prayer, giving, and attending church leads us to be anchored in Christ. When she's obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, it shows us how to trust the Lord and believe His Word. A mother's dedication to nurture, instruct and correct, guides us in the paths of righteousness. These are just a few of the qualities demonstrated in the life of a Mom. Take a few moments to think about your mother and how she influenced you. Then give her honor on this coming special day! She deserves recognition after all, her love speaks volumes!
1 Cor. 13:1-8 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
Influence: the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. Someone or something is constantly influencing your decisions, your actions, and possibly your opinions which affects your character. These can come from family nurturing, peer motivations, our own choices based on environment or perhaps instructors, advisors, or counselors. So, who or what, do you believe has had the most influence on you? Evidence is in your reflection.
Have you ever heard the sayings, You become like those with whom you associate; Or, You become what you think about? Truth of the matter is we become what we behold! Proverbs 13:20 says, "He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed."
Generally parents discovers personality traits their children, whether good or bad, have selected to parrot from friends or school associates. If that quality is acceptable, it's welcomed. However, if it is inappropriate of course it's discouraged. We could presume it's because they socialize with them daily, discovering habits and mannerisms to use.
Because we are so easily swayed by others and things, it would behoove us to be discerning about what we are watching or with whom we are associating. Keeping company with the wrong crowd can lead to a destructive life and an undesirable outcome. Listening to unethical conversations, opinions, or advice can steer us in the wrong direction. Watching immoral media will obviously fill the heart and mind with foolish judgements and beliefs. The Bible clearly gives us instruction on what type of person we are to model ourself after.
Rom. 13:14, "But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts)."
Eph. 5:1 "Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]."
3 John 1:11 "Beloved, do not imitate evil, but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen (discerned or experienced) God [has enjoyed no vision of Him and does not know Him at all].
Heb. 6:12 NKJ "that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
And Paul wrote in 1Cor. 11:1 "Pattern yourselves after me [follow my example], as I imitate and follow Christ (the Messiah)."
In each of the referenced scriptures the theme implied is 'imitating'. Since emulating is natural, God is instructing us to choose the right one to follow. Inasmuch as we desire to 'be like' someone, maybe we need to reevaluate with who or what we are trying to identify.
Being a Christian isn't just a cliche'. It means to be like Christ. I realize that there are a lot of people in the world that say they are 'Christians', yet their lifestyle nor their conversation emulate Christ. That does not make everyone who says they are Christian counterfeit. Just like one bad lawyer or doctor, doesn't mean all lawyers or doctors are corrupt. Matthew 12:33 explains a 'tree is known by it's fruit'. Consequently the evidence of a person's character is shown in his/her actions, words, consistency, habits, or mannerisms. If you observe someone long enough you'll know. Plus your reflection reveals your status.
Know for sure what or who you are reflecting, as a guide follow 2 Corinthians 3:18 by keeping your eyes on God's Word, then He will transform you daily to be more like Him. ("And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.")
All scriptures used are Amplified version unless specified.
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."