Jeff Bartell

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Mother’s Day thoughts

Yesterday we celebrated our moms.  I know it’s not sufficient to take only one day and year and celebrate them, but still it is a good reminder.  Everyone loves their mom.  Even people who say that they don’t love their mom, still love their mom!  Some thoughts that I had this Mother’s Day have to do with the picture God paints for us through our moms.  The love relationship of a mom to her kids is amazing.  She will serve her children with joy even when it is thankless and a lot of work  If her child behaves badly, a mom is usually the first one to forgive and offer grace.

That’s how God wants us to behave in the body of Christ.  In 1Thess 2:7, Paul, Silas and Timothy write to a young church – their spiritual kids in the faith – and remind them of this principle:  “But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse (mother) cherisheth her children:” Gentleness is a direct result of the Holy Spirit’s control of your life.  (Gal. 5:22-23)  Are we “gentle” with our brothers & sisters in Christ?  Can we serve them with the same love that a mother serves her children?

This is what it means to be a “servant of the Lord.”  2Tim 2:24 says:  “And the servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all men, …” Are you a servant of the Lord?  Do you strive with your brothers in Christ?  Are you contentious?  Or are you able to give a gentle answer to others who may oppose you?

It is an issue of spiritual maturity.  The spiritually mature will be gentle unto all men – but especially to those who are immature.  The example of a mother is living picture of how God wants us to love and care for the younger believers in the church.

What did you learn this Mother’s Day?

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I learned not to answer the phone when her cousin calls. More important than that, I had a great conversation with a brother, which brought a little healing.


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