God’s Love Empowers us to be Lovely

Every mother/daughter story is different but the common thread I have seen is this: Christian women desire to be proactive, rather than reactive, in their relationship with their mothers. How exactly can we do this? In John 13, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” When our love for others flows out of our love for God, their actions and reactions are no longer relevant.

 

Six months ago I invited you into the struggles I have experienced in my role as a daughter.

Since then, dozens of women have contacted me to share a piece of their story mother/daughter story with me.

Every story is different but the common thread I have seen is this:

 

Christian women desire to be proactive, rather than reactive,  in their relationship with their mothers.

 

How exactly can we do this?

In John 13, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

When our love for others flows out of our love for God, their actions and reactions are no longer relevant.

 

 

I do not love my mother because of who she is; I love my mother because of who God is.

The truth of Jesus’ words in John 13 freed me up to love my mom without expectation or reservation, and has dramatically improved our relationship.

And maybe, just maybe, these words can transform your relationships too.

Are you struggling to love your parent, spouse or child? I encourage you to ask God for the faith to believe and apply the radical truth of John 13.

 

God is ready to rescue you, to redeem your story, and to teach you how to be fiercely His.

 

I’m sharing the beautiful story of how God transformed my relationship with my mom at ShannonGeurin.com this week.

 

Every mother/daughter story is different but the common thread I have seen is this: Christian women desire to be proactive, rather than reactive, in their relationship with their mothers. How exactly can we do this? In John 13, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” When our love for others flows out of our love for God, their actions and reactions are no longer relevant.

 

Every Hollywood film has a victor and a villain, but you would be gravely mistaken if you attempted to cast my mother or me in either of these roles.

In real life, our Great Victor is always Jesus Christ and the villain is none other than…you guessed it…Satan.

You will discover, as this story unfolds, that the only way to overcome obstacles in relationship is to recognize that the true battle is always between the Victor and the villain.


 

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If you are struggling in your relationship with your mom, I encourage you to read our mother-daughter story from the beginning:

1: To the Grown Daughter Who Has Failed to Love Her Mother Well.
2: Here’s What Happened When I Chose to Forgive My Mom.
3: Careless Words and Broken Egg Shells
4: Fiercely Loving  My Perfectly Imperfect Mom
5: Beauty for Ashes: How God Redeemed My Mother-Daughter Story

Our God is in the restoration business; there is no relationship on earth beyond the reach of His agape love.

It’s not easy to love our moms—selflessly and without expectation—but it is what God has asked of us.

And God never asks anything He does not also empower us to do.

Even if your mother-daughter relationship is never restored this side of heaven, you can have peace in knowing that you did everything within your power to love your mom well.

And isn’t peace what you’ve been longing for, after all?

How has God’s unconditional love impacted your life and relationships?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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Sarah Koontz

About Sarah Koontz

  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

12 thoughts on “God’s Love Empowers us to be Lovely

  1. I feel so blessed to have an amazing relationship with my mom! 🙂 Some relationships seem to be tricky no matter what. Good reminder that Satan is always the real enemy.

    1. It is so easy to forget who our real enemy is when we are navigating challenging relationships. I am so glad to hear that you have a great relationship with your mom, and happy to say that I do too!

  2. Oh my this hit home in so many ways. Thank you. Off to read the full post. Found your lovely blog through Three Word Wednesday. So glad I linked up this week. God Bless

    1. I’m so glad you stopped by, Tracey. I love linking up at Three Word Wednesday. I pray you are encouraged by the full post over at Shannon’s site.

  3. I love this piece, Sarah. I love that you are reminding us always always always to seek Jesus as the One who is LORD In our relationships as well as our lives.

    Thanks for sharing this at the #GraceMoments Link up.
    Blessings!
    Dawn

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