Sunday Sermon

Pastor: Dong Hun Shin

God's Love Learned From Mothers (1 John 4:7-12)

What’s the difference between Superman and Mothers? Superman’s just a superhero now and then. Moms are superheroes all the time.

Today is Mother's Day. We are celebrating all mothers. I want to say to the moms, thank you. Today is a day celebrated as Parents’ Day in South Korea as well. Parents' Day is a day to express gratitude to fathers and mothers, and it is celebrated on May 8 every year. Koreans usually express their gratitude to parents by hanging carnations on their parents' clothes. I am very sorry to my parents for not being able to do this since I came to the United States. However, I try to express my gratitude to them, but I always feel it is not enough. That's because the love of parents is that great.

I would like to talk to you about what I have learned about God from my mom. As a matter of fact there is a chapter in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, that people refer to as the love chapter. I was thinking this week that in this love chapter I could take out the word “love” and insert the word “mom.” Listen to this: Mom is patient and kind. Mom is not jealous, boastful, proud and rude. Mom is not self-seeking. Mom is not easily angered and Mom keeps no record of wrongs. Mom is never glad about injustice but rejoices with the truth. Mom never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

 Even though a mother's love can be imperfect, I think a mother's love is perhaps the closest thing to God's love for us on earth. The Bible declares that there is only one love in the universe that is needed to change a life that moves according to the standards of the world and a life that follows God's way. It is the kind of love that God not only has, but wants to have in our lives.

This is what I have learned about God from my mom. She taught me that God loves to protect and comfort. That’s how my mom was. She is a very protecting mom. Moms are protective. Within that protection it breeds that environment of comfort and compassion. For many of us, we grow up understanding the compassionate side of God because of mothers. When children hurt themselves in the neighborhood, they run into the house, and who do they cry out to? Mom! Nowhere in the recorded history of the world has any kid ever run into the house and asked for Dad. Why is that? You know if children run into the house, what’s the dad going to say?                                                                                                                                                                                            “Just walk on it, and you’ll be fine. No pain, no gain.”

What happened to me when I was in elementary school is still vivid today. There was a beehive on the roof of the house. As soon as I touched the hive with a stick out of curiosity, the bees came out of the hive and stung my head. When my mom heard my cry, she was startled and ran to me. She spoke words of comfort to me and looked closely at me to see what was hurting me. And she found out I was stung by bees and took me to the bathroom and gave me first aid. I was able to get through that time well thanks to my mother's prompt response and treatment.

This idea of comfort or protection is very consistent with the way the Bible describes God. This is the kind of God you want to be in your life. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” When you trust Him, then you feel safe to cry out to God. In Psalm 40:11 when David said, “Do not withhold Your mercy from me, O Lord; may Your love and Your truth always protect me.”

When you have experienced this intimacy with God or somebody, it’s easier to say you are needy. And moms like hearing their child say, “I need you, Mom.” God loves that! Why? Because He is a God of love. He is a God of comfort. He is a God of protection.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” That describes the character of God. “I love you so much I want you to prosper in life. I want you to feel loved.” Remember the word “hope.” Because in that word if you read this passage over and over again, you will see the word “love.” You will see the comfort. You will see the protection.

A few weeks ago, I saw a rabbit and a crow fighting each other in the backyard. At first, I thought this behavior was strange, but later I found out why it was happening, and I was impressed with the rabbit. The rabbit was the mother rabbit. She had built a hiding place under the lawn and gave birth to baby rabbits. But the crow knew about it and came to hunt the baby rabbits. The mother rabbit was at her risk to protect her baby rabbits, trying to drive the crow away. However, sadly her two baby rabbits were captured by the crow. So my wife protected the rest of the baby rabbits from the crow by covering the hideout with a box until they left safely. I learned mother’s love again from seeing the courage and love of the mother rabbit for the baby rabbits.

I love the image of God being the protective shade in Psalm 121:5: “The Lord watches over you. The Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” Some of you may not feel that because you may have turned your back to God. Likewise, a lot of times moms were protecting us, but we didn’t know it. Maybe I didn’t feel my mom’s protection because of my own wrong decisions and my own turning away from that protection. Nevertheless, she loves me. Like mothers, God loves to comfort and protect, because God is love.

How do you respond to God’s love? Firstly, you have to receive God’s love. You receive God’s love by connecting with Him, by focusing on Him. You receive God’s love by celebrating His role in your life. His love sees the best in us.

When you receive God’s love, you also experience His forgiveness. The great thing about God’s love is you don’t have to wait for His forgiveness. You get it right now. As a matter of fact, the scriptures are very clear on this. Romans 5:8 says, “God has shown His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He said, “I love you just the way you are.”

When Jesus was here on this earth, He reached out with His incredible love, mercy, and compassion everywhere He went. And He always lifted people. In the same way, He encouraged you and built up you. Even though He knows you are going to make mistakes, He always saw the best in you. He sees your potential, because God is love. If you receive His love, and you receive His forgiveness, you can find something positive in every person you know. You can even find some good in a person’s faults. When you show love, you are sharing God.

Moms who are here this morning, what you are doing is important. Before God and before everyone in our church I just want to say that we celebrate your courageous choice to be a mom, and we ask that God would reveal His love to you in a very special way today, that you would feel His love. We thank you for revealing God’s love to us in the way that you have. Amen

 
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