Life and Love
is the day that we have set aside to honor and celebrate the brave women in our
lives who we call "mother."
It's a little bittersweet for me this year since it is the first year of
my entire life that my mother isn't here.
Being a mother and being a parent is one of the hardest, most
challenging, most frustrating and most rewarding jobs that there is.
why it is so special for us to have this opportunity to say thank you to the
women who have raised us and loved us and invested in us all of the years of
our lives. The pens that we passed out
just a few moments ago sums up for us what it is and what it means to be a
mother. The pen says, "Mothers are
where life begins and love never ends."
That is a beautiful summation of what it means to be a mother.
you could have guessed from the title of our sermon this morning, we're going
to take a closer look today at two simple words that express the meaning of
motherhood. Those two words are life and
love. If we could boil what it means to
be a mom down to only two words, I think those two would be perfect.
of all, a mother is life. Life is used
in a couple of different ways in Scripture.
One aspect of life is that it means "meaningful, purposeful,
eternal life." It also refers to a
person's "physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being."
very meaning and existence of a mother is life.
A mother brings life into the world in a miraculous and wonderful way
that only God truly and fully understands.
We talk about the miracle of childbirth and it really is a miracle. How life can start out so simply and end up
so complex certainly is beyond my ability to understand. God has blessed certain women with that
wonderful blessing of being able to bring life into this world.
going to jump on a little tangent this morning regarding this. Life is so special and we as Christians, as
followers of the Lord, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, should be at the
forefront of championing pro-life causes.
Abortion is not a political issue; it is a spiritual and moral
issue. If we're not going to fight for
the lives of unborn babies, who's going to do it? No one.
Our country seems bent right now on doing all they can to give women the
right to kill their unborn babies any time they want for any reason they
want. The great state of Kansas just
recently had its Supreme Court rule that a woman's ability to have an abortion
is a constitutionally guaranteed right.
That should sadden the heart of any compassionate, caring person. There's my soapbox for today.
is important because God gives importance to life. God gives importance to life because He
Himself is life. Jesus said in John
6:35, "I am the bread of life."
Jesus is the only source of true, lasting, permanent eternal
satisfaction of the soul.
John 11:25, Jesus says that He is "the resurrection and the life." When we believe in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation,
we have true life that comes only from Him and that will never end. Then in John 14:6 He makes one of the most
profound statements ever made by anyone:
"I am the way the truth and the life."
is only one way to God; only one way to heaven.
That way is Jesus. He is the
truth and His Word is truth. He is the
only source of everlasting, meaningful life that is available to us. Apart from Him there is no salvation; apart
from Him there is no forgiveness; apart from Him there is no life.
is life and God imparts life to us. He
gives us physical life through our natural, physical birth; and He gives us
spiritual life through our spiritual rebirth through faith in Jesus Christ. It is mothers that He has chosen to use as
His instruments to bring us physically into the world. It is also godly mothers that God uses to
help bring us spiritually into a personal relationship with Jesus.
good mother; a godly mother, does all that she can to help ensure that her children
are taught what they need to be taught; that they know what they're supposed to
know; that they live their lives in a manner that uplifts, honors and glorifies
God. Mothers, parents actually for that
matter, can't ultimately control what happens to their children. They can't make their kids true believers;
they can't live their lives for them; they can't make their decisions. Our children have to learn their own way;
have to live their own lives; have to make their own decisions. But godly mothers are right there every step
of the way helping them grow and giving them the tools they need to make good
decisions and to make good life choices.
mothers give us physical life and they exemplify and instruct us in how to live
good spiritual lives. Scripture has a
lot to say about how we are to live our lives for God. There are a number of truths that we need to
look at as to who we are in Jesus.
of all, our lives are hidden with Christ.
Col. 3:3. For us to live for the
Lord, we first of all have to die. What
do we die to? When we're saved we die to
sin. Through our faith in Jesus, we are
united with Him in His death and resurrection.
We are then dead to the penalty of sin because Jesus has already paid
also need to die to the world system. We
need to die to the fleshly, worldly way of living that we engaged in before we
were saved. That means we act
differently than we did; we think differently than we did; and we talk
differently than we did. Once we are
Christians, we're not the same person we used to be.
that death doesn't stop at the moment of salvation. As believers, we need to keep on battling and
fighting the good fight of faith. We
need to keep dying to self; we need to keep dying to sin and temptation; we
need to keep dying to the old way of life that we used to live in the
flesh. That battle will continue raging
until we are in heaven with Jesus.
all of that has happened, we are then hidden in Christ. We share a common life with the Father and
with the Son once we are in relationship with them. We are eternally secure, hidden and protected
from all spiritual foes. All of the
riches of the eternal God are available to those whose lives are hidden with
Him through His Son.
second truth that we need to understand and apply is that our lives are not in
the abundance of things. Luke
12:15. It is easy in our day and age to
become greedy. We either want things
because we don't have anything to begin with; or we have a lot of stuff but
still want more and more. It seems that
many people these days just aren't satisfied with what they have.
means as Christians we need to guard ourselves against every form of
greed. Guard means "to take care;
to look out for; to avoid or flee from."
Greed of course is "an inordinate desire for riches." It is "a strong desire to acquire more
and more material possessions or to possess more than other people have, all
irrespective of need."
focus our life on the acquisition of material possessions is to worship and
serve the creation rather than the Creator.
Even our abundance of material possessions does not provide real
life. Fulfilling, satisfying life that
enjoys eternal peace, joy, hope and blessing from salvation is not attainable
from the material world. It is
attainable only through God. Make sure
that you find your satisfaction in life through God.
Lastly, because our life is from God,
we shouldn't worry about it. Matt.
6:25. Not only do we have every reason
in the world not to be anxious or to worry, but God even commands us not to be
anxious for our lives. Our only Master
is God. For us to worry is to be
disobedient and unfaithful to Him. Worry
and anxiety are forbidden, foolish and sinful.
way this reads in the Greek, we are to stop worrying and never start up
again. Absolutely nothing in any aspect
of our lives, internal or external, justifies our being anxious when we have
the Master we do.
is the opposite of contentment.
Contentment should be our normal and consistent state of mind. In Philippians Paul said that he knew how to
be content with a little and with a lot; in any and all circumstances he knew
how to be content. Our contentment is
found in God and only in God. He owns
us, controls us and provides everything we possess or will ever need.
other word that we need to touch on this morning that describes mothers is
love. There is absolutely nothing like a
mother's love. A mother's love is
consistent even when her children are not living like they are supposed to be
living. You can think of the worst
criminals and worst figures of history and at some point, they no doubt had a
mother loving them. Hopefully those moms
weren't approving of their godless actions and lifestyles, but they still love.
going through that now in our family. We
have a son that is not living the life that he was taught; he is not living
according to the truths God has given us in His Word. We do not approve of his lifestyle and we are
not supporting him in it. But we still,
and especially Lisa I think, we still love him.
He is our son and he always will be.
We love him and we always will love him.
like God is life; God is also love. Love
isn't simply something that God does; it is not only a characteristic that He
shows towards us. Love is a basic and
essential aspect of His very nature.
Love is a verb that describes how He acts and relates towards us; love
is also an adjective that describes who He is.
love being described here agape love.
Agape love is "self-sacrificing love." It is the love granted to someone who needs
to be loved, not necessarily to someone who is attractive or lovable. Agape love is "unselfish, self-giving,
willful devotion." It centers on
the needs and welfare of the one loved.
It will pay whatever personal price is necessary to meet those needs and
foster that welfare. That's the kind of
love that God shows to us; it is the kind of love that mothers exhibit for
their children; it is the kind of love we all must be showing and sharing with
like when it comes to our lives, there are also truths we find in God's Word
that relate to how we are to love one another.
That actually is the first truth we need to look at. We need to love one another. 1 John 4:7.
can be really hard to love other people sometimes. But God puts no provisions or exceptions to
this. He doesn't tell us to love others
who only love us in return; He doesn't say love if you're going to get
something out of it. He simply says love
are to extend this kind of love because love is from God. God is love.
If we possess His life and walk in His light by living in righteousness
and holding to the truth, we will possess and manifest His love in and through
our lives. Because we are God's
children, we will reflect His love to a watching world.
love others this way means that we sacrifice for them. It is a willful and unselfish love that puts
others first and does all that it can do help them in whatever way they need
second truth about love that we need to understand is that love builds up. 1 Cor. 8:1.
The love that we have for others; the love that we should be exhibiting
in our lives as God's children; should be used for good and not for evil. It should be an instrument God uses in the
lives of others to help them become more like Jesus Christ. That's what we're talking about when we say
that love builds up or edifies.
need to be about the business of helping others grow in their faith. That means they need to know the Word and
they need to know God's truth. We have a
part to play in helping them know that.
Knowledge is important; we can't obey what we don't know. But application is also important. If it's just head knowledge, it's not enough,
it has to change us from the inside.
well rounded Christian is able to do a couple of things. He has the ability to understand biblical
truth and the ability to relate that to people.
He has knowledge plus love. Love
is the medium through which truth is communicated.
last truth that we need to look at this morning is that love should be without
hypocrisy. Rom. 12:9. When our love is without hypocrisy it is pure
in its motives. We are a hypocrite with
our love when we do things for others in order to gain something for ourselves;
or when we love as a means of others thinking highly of us so that we build our
love hypocritically is the opposite of agape love and completely incompatible
with it. The two cannot co-exist. Our love for God and for one another needs to
be unstained by self-centeredness.
mother gave you life and she would want you to live that life in a manner that
uplifts, honors and glorifies God. She
also loves you with a self-sacrificial type of love that reflects the kind of
love that God has for each of us. She
would want you to do your best to love other people and to love God with that
same kind of love.
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