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“‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise— ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’” (Ephesians 6:2-3)
Some reading today’s devotional find it easy to honor, love, and respect your mother. God chose a god-fearing mother to birth, nurture, and guide you for many years. She taught, encouraged, and disciplined you in the ways of the Lord. Her faith, values, and obedience to God helped shape you into the woman you are today. When Mother’s Day arrives, you freely celebrate, honor, and affirm your gratitude to her.
Others struggle when Mother’s Day arrives. For whatever reason, your mother may not have been, and still may not be, a good, healthy, spiritual role model. Your heart weeps as you continue to cling to sullen memories, anger, and bitterness. This wounded condition is actually robbing you from additional blessings God desires to bestow upon you. He wants you to enjoy life abundantly more than you could ever hope or imagine. Forgiveness is a vital key to unlocking more joy and blessings of the Lord into your life.
You may claim, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” (Psalm 27:10) As a Christian, the Lord has received you. You are His beloved daughter. More so, God made a way, through the bloodshed of His Son, to forgive and pardon you from all your sins. He will not forsake you regardless of your past, present, and future blunders when you repent and seek His forgiveness. Psalm 103:12 is a reminder that, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed your transgressions from you.”
When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, He included the importance of forgiveness. In Luke 11:4, He said, “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us…” The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” God graciously bestows His grace and forgiveness unto you daily. He expects that you do the same unto others. He may not be asking you to reestablish a particular relationship however, He wants to see you set free from former hurt, pain, and suffering.
Often it is easy to ask God to forgive us of our sins but sadly, it is much harder to extend the same to others. However, by the grace of God, as His Spirit works within our hearts, we are able to heal, understand more clearly, and forgive more easily. We grow in the likeness of Christ who came to rescue, redeem, and forgive not so much the honorable ones but the sinners, the poor in spirit, those sitting in darkness. Seek to forgive as God has forgiven you, so you may enjoy life on earth more abundantly.
Father, Help me to see my Mother as You see her. May I be a blessing to her today. Amen
Questions: How is your relationship with your mother? Has God blessed you with a spiritual mother in lieu of your natural mother?