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Mothering Sunday, family, God!

Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother  and sister and mother‘ (Matthew 12:48 NLT)

As we reach mothering Sunday, it is good to look at how our family surrounds us. Mothering Sunday used to be a day when people went to their ‘mother Church’ i.e. where they were baptised, or the local Cathedral (the mother of the local churches). It is only during the last 100 years that the tradition has become what most people know today.

That does not take from the fact that mothers are important. Without them, we would not be here, yet God had his part to play too, ‘You [God] made all the delicate parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb‘ (Psalm 139:13 NLT).

And to take that further, without God, none of us would be here. ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… … Let us make mankind in our image‘ (Genesis 1:1 &26 NIV).

God created all of us, and continues to work today, creating tiny miracles of life, every day, every hour, every minute.

Families can be difficult at times. Even right at the beginning, Cain and Abel fought, ‘Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him‘ (Genesis 4:8 NLT).

So potentially when we argue with other members of our family, we are not too bad, are we? Yet, Paul reminded the Church in Ephesus, ‘Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry‘ (Ephesians 4:26 NLT), how difficult can that be?

Even when you love someone, sorting through differences can be a monumental task, yet the Bible tells us to do it; and why should we do it? ‘anger gives a foothold to the devil‘ (Ephesians 4:27 NLT).

Why do we need to worry so much about anger, the reason is that we do not want to be giving the devil a step up. Peter’s first letter to the scattered exiles told them, and tells us, ‘Be alert… Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion‘ (1 Peter 5:8 NIV).

Family is important, we all suffer at times, ‘Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering‘ (1 Peter 5:9 NLT).

So our family, and, our family in Christ, all have difficulties to overcome.

The fight may be over, Jesus has won the victory, but the lord of lies is always after prisoners, to hold to the world, to corrupt.

Paul wrote to the Church in Rome, warning them and urging them to do many things. ‘I urge you, brothers and sisters… … offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God‘ (Romans 12:1 NIV).

That is not enough, we are weak, but our Father loved us so much that his only Son, Jesus Christ, was sent to here to die for us, (John 3:16). So we need to do more, ‘Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you‘ (Romans 12:2 NIV).

Whatever a person has done, as Jesus did, we have to forgive. The early Israelites knew that God could and would forgive, ‘you offer forgiveness, that we might learn‘ (Psalm 130:4 NLT). When Peter spoke to Cornelius, he said, ‘everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name‘ (Acts 10:43 NLT).

We have been, ‘rescued from the kingdom of darkness‘ (Colossians 1:13 NLT). We lived in darkness, but now live in a much better place, for all who believe in him live in, ‘the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins‘ (Colossians 1:13-14 NLT).

So from an earthly family, we have been transferred into the kingdom of the Most High. We have a global family. My brothers and sisters at work, at church, at the gym. Wherever there are believers, there is family, ‘For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them‘ (Matthew 18:20 NIV); and as for our Father, well, we can all say,

 ‘You’re a Good, Good Father, it’s who you are‘ (P Barrett and T Brown).

 

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You hear me when I call. You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night. It cannot hide the light

Whom shall I fear

You crush the enemy. Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield. Though troubles linger still

Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind me

The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

My strength is in Your name. For You alone can save
You will deliver me. Yours is the victory

Whom shall I fear. Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind me

The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever. He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises

You are faithful. You are faithful. You are faithful

I know who goes before me. I know who stands behind me

The God of angel armies. Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever. He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)
Ed Cash, Scott Mctyeire Cash, Chris Tomlin

 

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Abba, Father, as we consider our mothers at this time of year, help us not to lose sight of our brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, as well as our wider family, the family of the church. Lord we recognise that life is not always easy, yet we know that you will help us through any situation that we bring to you. Today we bring to you our families, help us through the power of your Spirit to live in harmony with each other, to forgive, and forgive, and forgive, for the bible tells us to do so. Lord we fail you so often, that again, we come to you for forgiveness at this time, forgive us our sins, wash us whiter than snow, so we may go forward in the sure knowledge  that you are with us till the end of days.

Amen

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