Children Loved By Grace-Energized Mothers
God is love, the greatest of all Christian virtues is love, and love energized by God lasts forever.
What does God say will last forever from all the endless and mostly unseen hours of work that being a wife and mother entail? All the deeds offered in obedience to the Lord produced by grace-energized-love.
In Titus 2:4 we find the key that produces eternal reward from every day of a grace-energized wife's marriage and a grace-energized mother's family. Paul explains that the key is love. The first calling of a wife and mother in God's Word is to be LOVE.
The key to grace-energized lives, marriages, and families is love.
Just as love that is prompted by the Spirit and energized by God's grace as Peter said, "covers a multitude of sins" (I Peter 4:8), so the absence of that love causes a multitude of sins. Love is eternal, love is supreme, and love is most like God for God is love!
Jesus had already said that by this shall all know that you are My disciples, by your love. So that is why Paul says Grace-energized mothers love their children. That is the second phrase of Titus 2:4. "To Love Their Children"
Just the fact that these words were inspired by God to come to His saints means that this was not common, this was not easy, and this was not normal. This type of love just doesn't "happen" because God wants it. It is a choice, it is a lesson to be learned, and it is a factor that determines a believer's eternal reward in Heaven.
Peter says to the church so strongly, watch out for how you "rain down" your words upon others.
1 Peter 3:9 "not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing."
So Peter basically says those who love with Christ's power, "sow words of blessing and you will reap a harvest of blessing." What a powerful motivation to primarily use our words, mouths, and voices to bless others in Christ's Name!
· Blessing often involves touching: Mark 10:16 "And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them."
· Blessing often points to the future: Luke 2:34 "Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken."
· Blessing is usually hard but always very rewarding: Luke 6:28 "bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you."
· Lest we miss it Paul repeats the habit of blessing as part of Christ's church's mandate: Romans 12:14 "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse."
Words have such power for good or evil. What kind of words do you "rain down" upon those you are speaking to? And what are those who listen to your words remembering?
Do they feel your love?
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