Mother’s Day is a special day that we set aside each year to honour Mom, in obedience to God’s fifth commandment: “Honour your father and your mother.” (You can read God’s Top Ten List in Exodus 20:1-17.)
One of the ways we honour our parents is by showing them gratitude. This Sunday, millions of greeting cards will be given to moms, thanking them for raising us, caring for us, providing for us, and making sacrifices for us. But what about forgiving us?
Imagine if Mom had kept a record of every bad thing we said or did while growing up. By the time we reached adulthood, she likely would have disowned us. The majority of our time as children was spent with her, so most of our tantrums, transgressions, and back-talks were directed at Mom.
Praise the Lord for mothers who lovingly disciplined us, but who also gave us a clean slate and allowed us to start fresh every morning when we woke up. In so doing, they were following the example of our Heavenly Father.
The Bible says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
It is good to be forgiven by Mom, but it is better to be forgiven by God. Perhaps you did not have a forgiving mother, but you can have a forgiving Saviour. Jesus died to pay the penalty for all your sin, and if you place your faith and trust in Him, you will be forgiven. He will give you a clean record—even better than Mom ever could.
Pastor Kent Babbey
Blenheim Baptist Church