Love is selfless, unconditional, and voluntary kindness that desires the good of the beloved. “God is love”! To love others like God loves us is to mature into the new human being we are created to be in Christ. The heart of a mom often exemplifies this heart of God.
Michael Reeves in Delighting in the Trinity states,
For eternity, the Father so loves the Son that he excites the Son’s eternal love in response; Christ so loves the Church that he excites our love in response; the husband so loves his wife that he excites her to love him back. Such is the spreading of goodness that rolls out of the very being of this God [who is love].
Luis de Leon in The Names of Christ states,
Words are superfluous where deeds abound, for in love deeds are always better than words.
John the apostle mentions “love” 43 times in 1 John 3:11–5:3. Here is a portion from that section:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. . . . Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him (1 John 4:7–11, 16–17).
If your mom still lives, be thankful and honor her not only this weekend but also all the days that follow it. If she only lives in the memory of your heart and you’d like to talk or need prayer, please reach out either to me, to a trusted friend, or to the Living God who is always here for you.