Salute to Mothers

For every mother who sacrificed for her children.

For every mother who has been her children’s greatest cheerleader.

For every mother who challenged her children to be the best they can be.

For every mother who gave more of herself than she thought possible.

For every mother who wondered if it was all worth it, this video clip is for you:

And yet, as moving as this video is, every mother has an even greater calling. A calling to teach her children that:

As much as you love them, Someone else loves them more.

As much as you want them to succeed, Someone else has given them eternal purpose.

As much as you want the best for them, Someone else already gave His best for them.

As much as you would give your life for them, Someone else already has.

Most of all, teach your children:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Teach them these things, and you can be certain that, it is, indeed, all worth it.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothers Day

All You Need is Love…Not!

In 1967, the Beatles had a hit with their song, “All You Need is Love.” That song became a theme for the 60s and 70s. Love is all the world needed to solve its problems, or so the song claimed.

About that time another refrain became popular: “God is love.” It’s one of the few Bible verses quoted with regularity by those who aren’t even sure God exists…but if He exists at all, He must be love. From there it’s a small step to claiming that since God is love, nobody will go to hell because a loving God would never let that happen.

Even parts of the Bible seems to support these statements. We read in I John 4, “God is love” (v. 8, 16), and “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (v. 18).

So is it true that our loving God will not punish us for our sin? Not so fast…

We sometimes forget that God is not just love, He is holy, too. His attributes can never be separated. Love and holiness. Someone once said that the love of God cannot accept what the holiness of God cannot tolerate. All the love in the universe will never make up for the stench of our sin that rises to a holy God.

There is a coming judgment. It’s not politically correct to say so, but John wrote in that same passage, “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus” (v. 17). It’s not love that spares us from judgment, it’s what love did that spares us from judgment.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17).

Love gave. Love gave.

Love reached down in the person of Jesus Christ, stepped into the darkness of a creation marred by sin, and paid the price for our sin.

God is love…and we don’t have to face the judgment that awaits all sin. Because God became a baby in a manger who grew up to be a man on a cross, we need never fear again. The perfect love of God – the perfect love that is God – has cast out fear forever.

This is why I can say with a full heart,

Merry Christmas!

Are you celebrating this Christmas with the assurance that you have responded to God’s love?