Would there be another name for a miracle? What else can be compared to a mother’s love? Many things can be said about it, but few know its depths.
It’s made up of intense devotion. It stays firm in the face of sacrifice and pain. It is patient and forgiving. And although the heart can break, it remains firm in place. On many occasions, it defies all explanation with only to say; it’s “A mother’s love.” And yet it remains… A miracle.
A mother’s love indeed shows an unmatched degree and intensity for her children, family, and others.
Love is passion. It is an intensity. It is at the very core of ourselves, an attachment to, or an intense feeling of deep affection to something.
It is a very honorable thing for this love to be shown toward her children, family, and others. In today’s world more than ever, a mothers love will keep the threads of the home from becoming too unraveled. It is an excellent example for us all to admire and respect.
When we don’t love God first, we will love everyone else less.
But as high as this love is, when it is not given to God first, it will be misplaced. When we don’t love God first, we love everyone and everything else less. It’s kind of like building a house. You start with a foundation before you put up the walls. You don’t start with the windows or shutters. The same thing applies to loving God. He doesn’t come fourth or fifth or even second. His place is only first. Love for him has to be secured at #1.
There is a terrific book called- The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis.
In the book, it describes a mother that had an incredible love for her son. But she lost him by illness. She grieved over the death of her son for over ten years. She kept his room exactly as it was when he died. She remained distressed about the loss of her son, Michael, until her death. In fact, she is disappointed to learn that when she arrives at the entrance of heaven there to meet her is her brother and not her son. She refuses to accept access to Heaven without her son Michael. She emotionally refuses to listen and rants, “No one has the right to come between my son and me. Not even God. Tell Him that to his face. I want my boy, and I mean to have him. He is mine, do you understand? Mine, mine, mine forever and ever” Despite any encouragement, she remains angry at God for taking him from her. The past was all I had,” the woman says. Her brother replies, “It was all you chose to have.”
She was so consumed with love for her son that she would disregard the love of God.
Love is good
Here we have something as simple as love for her son turned into something terrible. Love is good. In fact, it’s excellent. The bible even teaches that God doesn’t feel love for or toward us, its that HE IS LOVE.
But when our love ( an attachment to, or an intense feeling of deep affection to something) is placed before our love for God, it becomes misplaced. It becomes a god to us.
Colossians 1:17 reads- And HE is BEFORE all things, and by him, all things consist.
Matthew 22:37 says, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
The Aramaic bible in translates it like this-
You shall love THE LORD JEHOVAH your God with all your heart and from all your soul and all your power and all your mind.
Notice it says, “from all your power.” Whatever is in you is what it means for all your power. Your will, your choices. If it falls within something that you control, direct it to God. He wants your whole heart and not just a part. It’s that simple.
Look at this mom – “Woman behold your son.”
Mary had to give up her son.
She had to change her relationship from “her son” to “The Son” Could you imagine what this would be like for her?
Jesus knew that this had to occur for her GREATER good.
But how? How do you love any of the things that you currently enjoy? You delight in them. You give your heart over to it. You choose it over other things and other people.
The heart war
There is a dirty war waged every day for your heart.
This world and all its enticement will pull for your affections; your focus; it will fight for your attention. James 1:14 says- But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his evil desire (lust, passions).
Revelations 2:4 reads- But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Your first love is the most critical love. This scripture passage describes the many actions that were correct; hard work, patience, suffering troubles, etc. Yet, he brought up “FIRST LOVE.”
Examine your heart. Watch your motives. Let your love rest exclusively on what is supposed to be #1. Nothing should come before him. If you sense that some things are out of place in the order of your heart, make it right. You’ll be so glad you made this correction. As you make this heart correction, you’ll notice other vital changes taking place. This occurs as a result of keeping the thing in the proper alignment. What’s holding your heart? Why wait any longer?
Don’t wait for another day to make HIM first.