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Love and obey

May 16, 2012
By PASTOR ROGER LEMKE - Special to The Eagle , Pine Island Eagle

Daughter Terri says to Sherl: "Mom, I still remember the little prayer that you used to pray for me every day." And Sherl asks: "Oh, what was that?" And Terri mischievously replies: "God help you if you ever do that again!" It's not easy being a mother, as someone has said: "The hand that rocks the cradle usually is attached to someone who isn't getting enough sleep.

I can't imagine a better lesson for Mother's Day than this: "If anyone loves me, he will obey" (Jn. 14:15, 21). Obedience is important to keeping our families running smoothly. Obedience is important for our families and it is also important to keeping our spiritual lives running smoothly. Therefore Jesus taught: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (Jn. 15:12).

It's impossible to command an emotion! If I jumped out of the bushes, put a gun to your head and said: "Get happy!" could you do it? Jesus isn't commanding an emotion; He's commanding us to love one another as He loved us. The agape-love that Jesus is commanding is a love that becomes so humble-minded that you are willing to put another's needs before your own. The agape-love that Jesus is commanding is a personal decision to sacrifice your own self-interests and agendas and to give of yourselves, even when you don't feel like it. The love that Jesus is commanding is the love of a good mother.

No one knows more than a mom how love complicates life. We give thanks for those mothers who amputated their personal, self-serving ambitions in order to keep God's commandments. We give thanks for those mothers who understood that living in a house of spotless beauty without love made her a housekeeper, not a homemaker and that her children would learn cleanliness, but not Godliness. We celebrate those moms whose love wiped away tears before it wiped up spilled milk and who picked up a child before the toys. We celebrate those moms who had a love that crawled with the baby, walked with the toddler, ran with the child and then stepped aside to let youth walk into adulthood.

We also celebrate Jesus who like a good mom remains faithful and forgiving. In Jesus you have a friend who was bruised, bloodied, bullied and murdered for you. In Jesus you have a friend who rose again, ascended into heaven and there has prepared a place for you. In Jesus you have a friend who knew that there is so much He had to teach His friends, but the greatest of all was love.

In my opinion Nike stole their motto from a mother. Mother's constantly say: "Just Do it!" and if their child asks: "Why?" She says: "Because I said so!" Like a good mom, Jesus says: "Just do it! Just love one another!"

 
 

 

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